Employment & Scholarships

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.

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

Several 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.

Further information about each project can be found here.