Employment & Scholarships

Please send all position applications, addressing the selection criteria, to:
Lee Hilton
PO Box 1165 Randwick NSW Australia 2031
Fax: +612 9399 1026

Information for PhD Applicants

PhD students form an integral part of the research community at Neuroscience Research Australia. We currently have students studying under the supervision of a NeuRA faculty member in almost every research group across the institute. Our doctoral students come from both Australia and overseas and generally have a graduate degree in either medicine, science or allied health.

If you are interested in commencing a PhD at NeuRA, you must first make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss your proposed project. You can find out about what type of research we are currently conducting in the ‘Our Research’ section of the NeuRA website. You will also find contact details for our group leaders there.

You may start your doctoral studies in either first (March) or second (August) semester. Before you begin, you must be accepted and enrolled as a postgraduate student at the University of New South Wales.

Read about some of our current PhD students

Science Communicator - Full time

About you

We're looking for a talented, creative communicator, with a passion for science, to join the Communications team. Your focus will be on raising the public profile of our research and achievements. You’ll be exceptional at the translation of scientific output into meaningful and clear messages for lay audiences and the execution of engaging communications across diverse media and platforms. Interview skills for podcasts and a professional, efficient writing style come easily to you. You can drive innovation in the delivery of information to the community, whilst ensuring consistency, credibility and quality of the content.

Key responsibilities

  • Proactive and reactive media – pitch interesting and thought-provoking stories to the electronic, print and broadcast media – point of contact for journalists including after hours enquiries - media monitoring and dissemination of coverage to researchers
  • Develop and implement media strategies to promote research and fundraising initiatives
  • Develop in-house media training program for researchers – one-on-one and group
  • Coordinate media interviews, filming, photography and media conferences
  • Assist with the development, writing, editing and production of NeuRA’s publications including our NeuRA Magazine, annual ‘Profile’, research data and other publications
  • Commission and edit NeuRA Blog posts
  • Assist with the maintenance and management of NeuRA’s website including updating NeuRA’s news pages (a new website requiring generation of extensive content is at the coding stage)
  • Produce NeuRA Podcasts from the initial interview to final Soundcloud upload
  • Assist with high-level social media applications to maximise exposure
  • Assist with the production of videos for website and social media including YouTube


  • A science communication or journalism qualification and a passion for understanding fundamental science
  • High-level written science communication skills with proven ability to produce quality, accurate copy for publications and online content
  • Strong commitment to quality and professionalism
  • Advanced understanding of research publications
  • Extensive network of current media contacts with strong relationships
  • Advanced knowledge of WordPress and all social media platforms
  • Capacity to complete work promptly and respond accurately under pressure


  • Working knowledge of editing applications – Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Audacity, GarageBand or other
  • Experience within a research environment

If successful, you will certainly find the position interesting and challenging. Please send your CV, copies of qualifications, a cover letter addressing the selection criteria and include the reasons why you think you’d make a great addition to the team, plus we'd also like you to attach two published writing samples.

Enquiries to: Anne Graham, Communications Manager, 02 9399 1077; a.graham@neura.edu.au. Please forward your application to Lee Hilton, l.hilton@neura.edu.au Mail: PO Box 1165 Randwick NSW 2031

Closing: Friday 3 July, 2015

PhD Scholarship in Stroke Rehabilitation

A 3-year full-time scholarship is available for a PhD project investigating stroke rehabilitation. This project will be centred around Wii-based Movement Therapy, an exciting and novel approach to upper-limb rehabilitation developed by Dr Penelope McNulty at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA). This project may include dose-response relationships across the range of post-stroke impairment and the physiological basis of improved cardiovascular fitness promoted by Wii-based Movement Therapy.

Applicants will hold an Honours or Masters degree in Exercise Physiology (including a strong rehabilitation component) or Occupational Therapy. Australian citizenship or permanent residency is essential. Candidates must be eligible for enrolment as a postgraduate student at the University of New South Wales. Preference will be given to candidates with an Australian driver’s license.

The successful candidate will have an outstanding undergraduate degree and demonstrated skills in rehabilitation, scientific research, writing and data management. Ideally you will demonstrate self-motivation and initiative, a professional manner and excellent communication skills.

A stipend equivalent to the value of the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), $25,849 for 2015, is offered for this position.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic team at a world class medical research institute. The Sensorimotor Neurorehabilitation Group led by Dr McNulty specialises in neurorehabilitation after stroke and the neurophysiology of stroke and healthy ageing.

Enquiries and applications (including CV, academic transcript and contact details for two academic referees) to Dr Penelope McNulty, p.mcnulty@neura.edu.au. Phone 02 9399 1074.

PhD Projects - FRONTIER research group

Two PhD projects are available in FRONTIER, a clinical research group specialising in younger onset dementia syndromes based at Neuroscience Research Australia. The PhD projects will focus on aspects of memory, imagination, and social cognition and how these processes are disrupted in dementia syndromes. The PhD students will use a combination of neuropsychological and neuroimaging techniques to study brain-behaviour relationships. These projects are ideally suited to individuals who have a strong aptitude for research with good interpersonal skills, and have an interest in cognitive neuroscience/neuropsychology.

The PhD students will be based within FRONTIER at Neuroscience Research Australia and the University of New South Wales.

Essential criteria: An undergraduate degree with Honours (first class) in a relevant Psychology, or Neuroscience discipline; eligibility for enrolment in a PhD program at the University of New South Wales; eligibility to apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award or equivalent.

Enquiries to: Associate Professor Olivier Piguet. Please send your application to Lee Hilton. Fax: 02 9399 1026. Mail: PO Box 1165 Randwick NSW Australia 2031.