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

NHMRC Motor Neurone Disease Research Assistant - Full Time

Professor Matthew Kiernan and the Forefront research group at NeuRA are seeking a full-time Research Assitant to join their research group and support research projects investigating cognitive and behavioral changes in motor neurone disease and associated disorders at the Brain and Mind Research Institute and NeuRA. The appointed person will function as part of a multidisciplinary team, assisting in the clinical research and also management of patients affected by neurological diseases. The position is full time fixed term until 31/12/2015 with the possibility of renewal.

This new position will be involved in patient services (clinical and research), interacting with study participants to perform research interviews (assessments /screenings of general health, cognitive assessments, etc), assist with brain imaging, perform phlebotomy, dispense study medications, obtain vital signs, evaluate adverse events, perform laboratory procedures, manage data (scoring of protocols and questionnaires, data entry, database management) and perform general administrative duties (ethics, preparation of assessment protocol kits, scheduling of participants, advertising, general support and correspondence for the research group). In addition, the position will coordinate the tissue donation programs for Motor Neurone Disease patients, liaising with donors and their families for blood donations and, where appropriate, brain and spinal cord donations and tissue retrieval, and to initiate brain and spinal cord autopsy processing at the time of death (24 hour responsibility when on call).

Essential criteria: recognised qualification in nursing or other degree in psychology/other allied health/medical science discipline; interest in research on neurodegeneration; relevant experience; proven planning and troubleshooting skills; proactive attitude; open and clear communicator; database skills; drivers licence.

Desirable criteria: certificate for venepuncture or willingness to train as a venepuncturist.

Enquiries: Eleanor Ramsey eleanor.ramsey@sydney.edu.au. Please forward your application to: Lee Hilton l.hilton@neura.edu.au Fax: 02 9399 1026. Mail: PO Box 1165 Randwick NSW 2031.

Closing: Tuesday 27 January, 2015


Applications are invited for a Research Officer to undertake research into the contributions of neural control, biomechanics, anatomy and sensation to obstructive sleep apnoea and physiological correlates of treatment outcome with mandibular advancement splints. The role will principally involve conducting electromyography and sleep physiology experiments and analysis as part of a multidisciplinary research team. The successful applicant will be expected to take a lead role in manuscript preparation and presentation of results at conferences.

Essential criteria: PhD in neurophysiology, sleep physiology or related discipline (or equivalent experience); advanced computer skills; a good knowledge of basic statistics; excellent written and verbal English; interpersonal and problem solving skills; excellent time management and organizational skills; ability to work independently and within a team environment. The role will involve assisting with overnight sleep physiology experiments.

Desirable criteria: Previous experience in making EMG measurements (especially single motor unit or intramuscular recordings) and sleep research an advantage. MATLAB, Spike or other programming skills an advantage. Applicants with a strong publication track record are highly desirable.

Enquiries: Prof Lynne Bilston l.bilston@neura.edu.au. Position description available from Lee Hilton l.hilton@neura.edu.au. Please send your application, addressing the selection criteria to Lee Hilton.

Mail: PO Box 1165

Randwick NSW 2031.

Closing: Friday 30 January, 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.