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 Project - The Effects of Life Style Choices in Schizophrenia

Supervisors
Dr Tim Karl (http://www.neura.edu.au/research/themes/karl-group)
Prof Margaret Morris (https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/professor-margaret-morris)

Synopsis
Schizophrenia is a chronic and disabling mental disorder that affects 1% of the world’s population. Importantly, neuregulin 1 (NRG1) is a candidate gene for schizophrenia and mouse models for different Nrg1 isoforms have shown promise for determining how altering the gene Nrg1 may increase the risk for schizophrenia. Our proposal aims to determine the impact of 'life style choices' (i.e. exercise and nutrition) on the development of schizophrenia-relevant behaviours and brain pathology in an established mouse model of the disorder (i.e. Nrg1 mutant mice). This research will increase our understanding of how lifestyle choices may alleviate, or exacerbate the disorder.

The PhD student will carry out comprehensive behavioural, cellular and molecular analyses to define how a genetic predisposition for schizophrenia interacts with environmental factors to impact on schizophrenia-related domains. Different developmental stages and sex-specific effects will also be considered. The project will combine the long-standing expertise of the two research teams in pharmacology, obesity research, molecular neuroscience and schizophrenia.

The PhD program will be based within Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and the School of Medical Sciences, University of New South Wales. NeuRA is an international leader in brain and nervous system research. The program will suit an individual with skills in experimental animal model research and an interest in a career in integrative behavioural, cellular and molecular neurosciences.

Essential criteria: An undergraduate degree with Honours (first class) in a relevant neuroscience, biology, medicine or psychology discipline; eligibility for enrolment in a PhD program at the University of New South Wales; eligibility to apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award (deadline 18th of October 2013) or equivalent.


For all enquiries and comprehensive project details, please contact:

Dr Tim Karl
t.karl@neura.edu.au

Prof Margaret Morris m.morris@unsw.edu.au


PhD Project - Novel Treatment Options for Alzheimer’s Disease

Supervisors
Dr Tim Karl (http://www.neura.edu.au/research/themes/karl-group)
A/Prof Lars Ittner (http://medicalsciences.med.unsw.edu.au/research/groups/dementia-research...)

Synopsis
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is neurodegenerative cognitive disorder, which is classically described by two post-mortem histological diagnostic features: extracellular amyloid deposition resulting in senile plaques and tau hyper-phosphorylation forming intracellular neurofibrillary tangles. Importantly, a multitude of transgenic mouse models is available for the different pathological aspects of AD. These models have been significant for the development and evaluation of new therapeutic targets, which have the ability to overcome short-comings of current treatment options.

The PhD student will carry out comprehensive behavioural, cellular and molecular analyses to define the therapeutic potential of new pharmacological compounds (including non-psychoactive cannabinoids) for AD. Furthermore, the project will evaluate how life choices and modifications to the environment (e.g. exercise and cognitive stimulation) impact on transgenic mouse models of AD. The ability to prevent and/or reverse the onset of cognitive deficits and brain pathology with relevance to the disease will be evaluated in great detail thereby combining the long-standing expertise of both research groups in preclinical research into aging and neurodegeneration.

The PhD program will be based within Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and the University of New South Wales. NeuRA is an international leader in brain and nervous system research. The program will suit an individual with skills in experimental animal model research and an interest in a career in integrative behavioural, cellular and molecular neurosciences.

Essential criteria: An undergraduate degree with Honours (first class) in a relevant neuroscience, biology, medicine or psychology discipline; eligibility for enrolment in a PhD program at the University of New South Wales; eligibility to apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award (deadline 18th of October 2013) or equivalent.

For all enquiries and comprehensive project details, please contact:

Dr Tim Karl t.karl@neura.edu.au

A/Prof Lars Ittner l.ittner@unsw.edu.au


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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