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


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.


RESEARCH OFFICER / SENIOR RESEARCH OFFICER

The focus of the Schizophrenia Research Laboratory is on the molecular and cellular changes during normal human brain development and in the brains of people with schizophrenia. We employ a variety of techniques including histology, cell culture, animal models and molecular genetics. Our goal is to uncover the underlying neurodevelopmental basis for schizophrenia in molecular terms including schizophrenia susceptibility genes, hormone receptors and growth factors. We are examining blood biomarkers and genetic associations in schizophrenia. We aim to discover novel treatments and biomarkers of treatment response.

This position will support research projects in next generation sequencing, RNASeq, and various genotyped cohorts of multiple brain areas from postmortem and clinical samples. Duties will include but not limited to analysis of sequencing data; creating and maintaining large database for a variety of research cohorts; performing experiments in the detection of mRNA expression changes, SNPs, and novel splice variants.

Essential criteria: PhD preferred in Bioinformatics and/or Biostatistics; experience in alignment, quantification and differential expression tools for RNAseq analyses; working knowledge of genetics, molecular biology and chemistry; ability to work with limited supervision.

Enquiries: Inara Bebris Tel: 02 9399 1745 Email: i.bebris@neura.edu.au
Mail: PO Box 1165 Randwick NSW 2031.

Closing: Friday 27 February, 2015


Research Assistant

Position reference: SRL01

The focus of the Schizophrenia Research Laboratory is on the molecular and cellular changes during normal human brain development and in the brains of people with schizophrenia. We employ a variety of techniques including histology, cell culture, animal models and molecular genetics.Our goal is to uncover the underlying neurodevelopmental basis for schizophrenia in molecular terms including schizophrenia susceptibility genes, hormone receptors and growth factors. We are examining blood biomarkers and genetic associations in schizophrenia. We aim to discover novel treatments and biomarkers of treatment response.

This position will support histology research projects. Duties will include the preparation of postmortem brain tissue; performing experiments utilizing antibodies including immunohistochemistry, Western blot, and immunoprecipitation; scanning, sampling and analyses of film and slide-based experiments with an emphasis on photomicroscopy and molecular quantitation via confocal, epi-fluorescent and light microscopes.

Essential criteria: Bachelor degree with honours in neuroscience, neurobiology, biomedical science or related; experience in histological techniques with knowledge of brain neuroanatomy desirable; experience with microscopy and quantitation software; working knowledge of molecular biology and chemistry.

Enquiries: Inara Bebris Tel: 02 9399 1745 i.bebris@neura.edu.au. Please send your application, addressing the selection criteria and quoting reference SRL01, to Lee Hilton l.hilton@neura.edu.au Mail: PO Box 1165 Randwick NSW 2031.

Closing: Friday 6 March, 2015


PhD Project – MRI investigations of contracture

A postgraduate scholarship is available to support a PhD student at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA). The PhD project will investigate physiological properties of skeletal muscles both in healthy people and people with muscle contractures. (Muscle contracture is a stiffening of muscles that commonly causes deformities in people with a range of conditions such as traumatic brain damage, stroke, spinal cord injury and cerebral palsy.) The PhD student will use NeuRA’s 3T MRI scanner to obtain diffusion tensor images of the muscles of people with contracture and healthy control subjects, and will analyse the diffusion tensor images using novel algorithms developed at NeuRA. The aim is to understand the mechanisms that cause stiffening of the muscles in people with muscle contractures.

The project is suited to individuals who have a background in engineering, physics, computer science or a related discipline. Experience in 3D image analysis, computer vision or 3D kinematics would be valuable but is not essential. Good programming skills (ideally in Matlab) and excellent communication skills are essential.

The PhD student will be supervised by Professor Rob Herbert http://www.neura.edu.au/research/themes/herbert-group . The PhD will be conducted through the University of New South Wales but the student will work in Professor Herbert’s laboratory at NeuRA as part of a small and friendly team of outstanding physiologists and biomechanists.

The stipend offered for this 3-year scholarship will be equivalent to the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) rate ($25,849 for 2015 and incremented annually). Both Australian and international applicants are welcome to apply. However international applicants are required to pay university tuition fees.

Essential criteria: An undergraduate degree with good Honours in engineering, physics, computer science or a related discipline; eligibility for enrolment in a PhD program at the University of New South Wales;; demonstrable experience in numerical analysis programming with software such as Matlab.

Enquiries: Professor Rob Herbert (r.herbert@neura.edu.au) or Dr Bart Bolsterlee (b.bolsterlee@neura.edu.au) . Please send your application, with your curriculum vitae to Professor Herbert.


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.

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