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

Research Officer - Full time or Part time

Applications are invited for a Research Officer to oversee the development of materials designed as an intervention to errors in child restraint use to be delivered with child restraint product information. The role will principally involve qualitative research methods and the development of prototype materials to communicate information about correct use. The successful applicant will be expected to take a lead role in manuscript preparation and presentation of results at conferences.

Essential criteria: PhD in in related discipline (e.g. Behavioural science, public health, health promotion, health literacy), or equivalent experience; Excellent written and verbal communication skills; Experience with qualitative methods; Experience with project management; interpersonal and problem solving skills; excellent time management and organizational skills; ability to work independently and within a team environment.

Desirable criteria: Previous experience in health literacy is highly desirable. As is some background in behavioural science and/or communication.

A 12 month contract will be offered initially, with the possibility of renewal dependent upon continuing funding. Applicants interested in part-time work arrangements will also be considered.

Enquiries to: Dr Julie Brown j.brown@neura.edu.au. Position description available from Lee Hilton l.hilton@neura.edu.au. Please send your application to Lee Hilton l.hilton@neura.edu.au. Mail: PO Box 1165 Randwick NSW 2031.

Closing: Friday 15 May, 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.


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

Full time

Professor Glenda Halliday and the Forefront research group at NeuRA are seeking a full-time Research Assistant to join their research group and assist in a project to develop biomarkers for identifying different forms of dementia, and also assist with running the molecular biology laboratory. The successful applicant will work on an NHMRC funded program identifying unique profiles of serum proteins that can be measured and used to accurately distinguish the different pathological forms of dementia from each other, particularly the different types of frontotemporal lobar degeneration from Alzheimer’s disease. They will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the project in the laboratory, including preparation, storage and tracking of blood specimens and products, and ensuring the validity of results.

Essential criteria: Bachelor of Science degree in a relevant field (e.g. biochemistry, molecular biology, pathology, biomedical science, medical laboratory science, applied science, etc) or equivalent; relevant laboratory experience; interest in research on dementia; excellent verbal and written communication skills; interpersonal and problem solving skills; ability to work independently and within a team environment; valid Australian drivers licence. 

Desirable criteria: Honours and/or a higher level degree in a relevant science field; experience in research project management; extensive experience in ELISA, western blotting and quantitative PCR; certificate for venepuncture or willingness to train as a venepuncturist.

Enquiries: Dr Scott Kim s.kim@neura.edu.au.  

Closing: Monday, 11 May 2015 

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.