Employment and Scholarships

NeuRA is committed to recruiting, training and retaining researchers, students and staff of the highest calibre. All vacancies are advertised on this page. If you are interested in a career or studying at NeuRA, please review the information and list of opportunities below. This is regularly updated.

NeuRA is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity and eliminating discrimination in all our employment policies and practices.

For general enquiries please contact hr@neura.edu.au.

Career Opportunities


Research Positions

Postdoctoral Fellow or Senior Research Assistant

Overview of the Role:
NeuRA Postdoctoral Fellows are academically qualified at the level of PhD or MD (or equivalent).

Overview of the Role:
The Paxinos Brain Mapping Laboratory is looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow and/or Senior Research Assistant to work on brain morphology and connectivity and the construction of atlases. Specifically, we are needing someone with skills in histology and/or structural and diffusion weighted MRI and tractography, but most importantly an enthusiasm for neuroanatomy. The lab is currently developing a living human brain atlas in MRI modalities (www.hba.neura.edu.au), it needs attention in development of MRI contrasts, tractography, and methods to advantage the delineation of neuroanatomy. This project is at the junction of histology and MRI, and suitable applicants can come from either field.

We seek applicants that can contribute critical skills to the project, for example diffusion weighted imaging and tractography skills, cutting edge MRI anatomy visualisation techniques, neuronal morphology, glia, function, and comparative anatomy will be helpful. We seek an applicant that is enthusiastic about pushing the boundaries of in vivo brain anatomy and passion to develop their own research passion fitting into the project.

Responsibilities of the role:

  • Management of MRI datasets, their processing and refinement.
  • MRI scanning.
  • Management of our web page
  • Sectioning of brain tissue using cryostat or vibratomes
  • Histology of brain tissue

Key skills that would be advantageous:

  • Academically qualified at the level of PhD or MD (or equivalent)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organisational skills and detail oriented
  • Team player
  • Demonstrable interest in Research Theme

Our values:
Our values are the essence of our organisation – they are the principles that we live by, and are at the core of everything we do. NeuRA’s values are: Impact. Collaboration. Respect. Excellence. Integrity. Innovation.

How to apply:
To apply, submit your CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria via email to HR@neura.edu.au
Full Position Description (PDF) can be downloaded here
Closing date: 31 Jan 2023

EEO and right to work statements & Acknowlegdment of Country:
You must have the right to live and work in Australia.

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity and eliminating discrimination in all our employment policies and practices.

NeuRA acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, and extends respect to all Elders past and present.

Casual Research Assistant

Job Location:
Coffs Harbour office at Southern Cross University

Employment Status:
Casual, one-year fixed term

Overview of Role:
This casual position will support the conduct of research projects within the Aboriginal Health and Ageing Program at NeuRA, including supporting local Project Assistant(s) in their community engagement, recruitment and capacity building activities. This role would primarily be supporting the Standing Tall with Our Mob Project (STOMP!), a randomised control trial of healthy ageing interventions and will report to the STOMP! Trial Coordinator. A short video on the project can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCDlXg-E-Jk . However, there would be potential to work across all projects, including dementia risk factors and biomarkers in Aboriginal populations.

Encouraging Indigenous Applications:
NeuRA is committed to achieving a diverse workforce and strongly encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply for this position.  

3 best things about the role:
– Gain research experience in Aboriginal Health, Ageing, and Dementia
– Work on a new, holistic approach to healthy ageing for improved quality of life for older Aboriginal people
– Work in a diverse, multidisciplinary team including Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal researchers, neuropsychologists, exercise physiologists, and geriatricians

Measures of success:
In 6 months you will have gained research experience in the conduct of a randomised control trial, including unique methodologies for working with Aboriginal communities.

Responsibilities of the role:
The research assistant will be responsible for assessing participant eligibility, COVID screens, and scheduling of appointments.
The research assistant will work with the Trial Coordinator and fieldwork team to execute recruitment strategies and ensure recruitment deadlines are met.
The research assistant will support the delivery of STOMP! Mindfulness program, attending weekly group sessions with participants, assisting with zoom, preparing resources, and purchase/preparation of morning tea.

To succeed in this role, you will need:
– Academic or employment experience relevant to the position
– Excellent written and oral communication skills
– Excellent organisational skills and detail oriented
– Team player
– Computer skills including Microsoft Office and Zoom

Key skills that would be advantageous:
– Demonstrable interest in Research Theme
– Experience or interest in working with Aboriginal communities)
– Driver’s license and willingness to transport participants

Our values:
Our values are the essence of our organisation – they are the principles that we live by, and are at the core of everything we do. NeuRA’s values are: Impact. Collaboration. Respect. Excellence. Integrity. Innovation.

How to apply:
For more information or a confidential chat about the role, please contact Madeleine Veinovic: m.veinovic@neura.edu.au, (02) 9399 1007.

To apply, submit your CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria via m.veinovic@neura.edu.au,
Closing date:  10 October 2022

EEO and right to work statements & Acknowlegdment of Country:
You must have the right to live and work in Australia.

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity and eliminating discrimination in all our employment policies and practices.

NeuRA acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, and extends respect to all Elders past, present, and emerging.


Student Positions

(PhD, MSc, Honours, UNSW Medicine ILP)

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. Check out the UNSW Scientia PhD scholarships at NeuRA and further information on supplementary scholarships.


Foundation Positions

Bequest & Major Gifts Manager

• World class institute transforming lives of people with brain & nerve disorders
• Deliver & report on key initiatives for bequests & major donors
• Work three to five days per week | Hybrid WFH arrangement | Randwick location

The Organisation

Every year, one in five Australians is struck down with a major brain or mind disorder. Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is a renowned medical research institute with world-class capabilities and expertise in neurodegenerative diseases, mental health and age-related conditions. Through leadership, excellence and innovation in scientific research in their state-of-the-art Sydney facilities, NeuRA’s contribution to improving global health outcomes continues to grow.

The Role

Reporting to the Foundation’s Deputy Director, this strategic role is responsible for the management of bequests and a portfolio of major donors. You will play a key role specifically in designing and implementing a new bequest strategy to grow revenue to support the Institute’s research priorities. Key responsibilities will include:

  • Developing and implementing the Foundation’s bequest strategy including community engagement and outreach, cultivation and donor stewardship initiatives
  • Managing a portfolio of prospective and existing donors in order to support strategic fundraising priorities and targets
  • Establishing and building strong and authentic relationships to grow philanthropic support
  • Implementing prospect research methodology and reporting in order to develop pipelines for major giving and bequest
  • Contributing to the broader philanthropy program and working closely with the Foundation team to deliver tailored proposals, collateral and events

Skills Required
You are a self-motivated fundraising, sales or business development specialist with demonstrated success developing strong and productive relationships or a sales portfolio to deliver significant revenue. Ideally you understand current fundraising trends, techniques and, and bring highly developed communication, influencing and relationship building skills. You can also demonstrate:

  • Experience in segmenting donor or client lists and prioritising contact
  • Data analysis skills to support the research and qualification of donor prospects
  • The ability to work autonomously and collaboratively across multiple teams
  • Strong writing, administrative and organisational skills

If you want to be part of NeuRA’s vision to transform the lives of people with brain and nerve disorders, submit your resume and cover letter addressing the skills required section to cv@ngorecruitment.com, or phone Kelly Gentle on 02 8243 0570 if you have specific questions about this opportunity.


Operations Positions

Finance Officer – Mindgardens Neuroscience Network

  • Flexible hybrid working model | Randwick based
  • 0.6 FTE position with salary packaging benefits
  • Growing health-focussed organisation

The Organisation

Mindgardens Neuroscience Network Limited (Mindgardens) is revolutionising the care and support of people with mental health, neurological and alcohol and drug disorders, by integrating the most successful clinical approaches from all three medical specialities into a rigorous clinical management and research framework, underpinned by technology.

Mindgardens brings together the strengths of four founding member organisations: South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, UNSW Sydney, Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and the Black Dog Institute. Together they form a unique and highly concentrated hub of expertise, centred in the South Eastern Sydney region but with the capacity to serve the broader NSW community and have impact nationally and internationally.

At the backbone of Mindgardens is MindLabs. MindLabs provide the infrastructure and support for researchers, clinicians, and people with lived experience to come together in an integrated manner to create and nurture new ideas and build capacity and capabilities to accelerate translational research for Mindgardens’ focus areas.

The Role

Reporting to the Operations Leader/MindLabs Co-Lead, you will be accountable for the accurate and timely recording of all transactions, month end, year end and year-end audit including reconciliations, management reporting and financial statement preparation, ensuring finance activities compliance to finance processes and procedures and ensure sufficient operating capital to meet monthly and future commitments.

You will assist in budgeting and planning activities, liaise with range of stakeholders from our member organisations to ensure all Mindgardens funds are managed in accordance with relevant policies and procedures and assist Project Managers with finance queries. Working with the broader Mindgardens team, you identify opportunities to improve process and streamline finance activities.

The position will be employed by NeuRA, with the successful candidate being fully dedicated to Mindgardens.

About You

  • Tertiary qualification in accounting
  • Experience in a senior finance position within a complex environment
  • Membership of relevant professional body in Australia i.e., Certified Practicing Accountants or Chartered Accountants
  • Experience in process and systems improvement
  • High degree of proficiency in accounting systems, and Microsoft Office products such as OneDrive, Excel and Word
  • Strong stakeholder management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills – enabling effective liaison with all stakeholders
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Organised and ability to proactively manage yourself and others
  • Demonstrated ability to perform complex organisational tasks, write reports and support others undertaking complex projects.

How to apply

For a confidential discussion, please contact Ian Jones, Executive Officer Mindgardens on 0404 809939.

To apply, submit your CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria via email to i.jones@mindgardens.org.au.

Full Position Description (PDF) can be downloaded here

Applications Close at 11:55pm on Sunday 20 November

EEO and right to work statements & Acknowledgement of Country & Lived Experience

You must have the right to live and work in Australia to be considered for this position.
Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) & Mindgardens Neuroscience Network (Mindgardens) are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employers. We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity and eliminating discrimination in all our employment policies and practices.

NeuRA & Mindgardens acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands on which we live and work, and extends respect to all Elders past and present.

We acknowledge the voices of people with lived experience and their carers, families and kinship groups. We acknowledge the expertise acquired through living with mental health and Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) issues and caring for people on their recovery journeys. We place lived experience at the heart of all we do, and value co-design and co-production.