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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

Clinical Bioinformatician

Full time, fixed term contract for two years

  • World class research facilities based in Randwick
  • Apply your bioinformatics skills in a clinical setting
  • Competitive salary and benefits available

We are seeking a skilled Bioinformatician interested in applying their skills in a clinical setting to support the molecular genetics laboratory, Mackenzie’s Mission and CRE-NCD

The NSW Health Pathology Randwick Genetics Laboratory is one of the major Australian centres for genetic diagnostics, providing a comprehensive genome diagnostic service in a consultative pathology context. The laboratory is recognised as a training site by both the HGSA and RCPA for advanced training in laboratory genetics for both scientific and medical personnel. NSW Health Pathology Randwick Genetics Laboratory has held continuous accreditation from NATA/RCPA since 1988, providing testing compliant with the ISO 15189 and ISO 9001 Standards and NPAAC Requirements.

Mackenzie’s Mission is a large-scale reproductive carrier screening pilot study which will screen 10,000 couples across Australia for ~500 rare and debilitating genetic disorders including spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), fragile X syndrome and cystic fibrosis (CF).

The CRE in Neurocognitive Disorders (CRE-NCD), based at NeuRA, is a five year-funded NHMRC centre that aims to transform the diagnosis and management of intellectual disability (also known as neurocognitive disorders) through whole exome sequencing (WES), whole genome sequencing (WGS), transcriptomic and methylation analysis.

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

The role

This position will support the molecular genetics laboratory, Mackenzie’s Mission and the CRE-NCD by assisting with clinical cloud-based bioinformatics requirements for the analysis of next generation sequencing (NGS) data, implementation and maintenance of bioinformatics pipelines around design, performance, validation and quality control. The clinically targeted NGS panels, exomes or genomes and bioinformatics pipelines require embedded bioinformatic expertise. NGS data analysis using computer programming and Unix-based servers is required. This is also largely a development role, so experience with front-end and back-end development and  working with Amazon Web Services is desirable The successful candidate will be working closely with wet lab scientists, clinicians, pathologists, genomic analysts, and other bioinformaticians/software developers.

We are seeking an experienced and motivated development Bioinformatician interested in applying their skills in a clinical setting and able to work both independently and as part of a team. This is a full time position for two years.

How to apply

For further information about this opportunity, please review the position description or contact us for a confidential discussion.

Contact name: Associate Professor Tony Roscioli (Tony.Roscioli@health.nsw.gov.au) or Professor Edwin Kirk (Edwin.kirk@health.nsw.gov.au)

Position Description (PDF) can be downloaded here

To apply, submit your CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria via seek.com.au. 

Please note that applications will not be accepted via other mediums i.e. email  

Closing date: 5PM 5th May 2020

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.

You must have the right to live and work in Australia. 

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

Postdoctoral Fellow / Experienced Research Assistant

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow or experienced Research Assistant in optogenetic stimulation of pharyngeal muscles for sleep apnoea.

We are looking for a self-motivated enthusiastic researcher to join our research team to undertake preclinical studies for the development of a novel optogenetic therapy for obstructive sleep apnoea. This project aims to actively stimulate the upper airway muscles to maintain airway patency during sleep. Preclinical studies are using a rodent model that mimics sleep-related atonia of the muscles, and the primary responsibility for this position is to undertake preclinical rodent experiments, including animal care and handling, tissue extraction,  and preparation for assessment of gene expression and immunohistochemistry. 

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

Required qualifications
Bachelors or masters degree in relevant discipline, plus minimum 2 years relevant research experience (for RA-C level appointment), or PhD in relevant topic (for postdoctoral fellow appointment). 

Key experience required
Histology and immunohistochemistry; molecular biology, western blotting, qPCR; Knowledge of gene therapy, including viral vectors and PCR-based cloning; Animal surgical and handling experience.

Personal attributes
Excellent written and verbal English communication skills, experience working in a multidisciplinary team. 

Other Details
The position is initially for one year, with potential for extension subject to excellent performance and availability of funding. Appointment will be considered at postdoctoral fellow level for candidates with a PhD in a relevant discipline, or at research assistant level for those with a bachelors or masters degree. The researcher will be primarily located at NeuRA, but will also undertake collaborative studies at Macquarie University. Applicants must have unrestricted rights to work in Australia for a minimum of one year.  

How to apply

Please send a copy of your CV, and a cover letter describing your qualifications, experience and personal attributes and how they align with those listed above, to Professor Lynne Bilston L.Bilston@neura.edu.au.

Download the Position Description here (PDF)

Closing date: Friday 28th February, 2020

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.

You must have the right to live and work in Australia. Please outline your visa status if you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

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

Digital Communications Officer (Casual)

About us

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is a leading independent medical research institute whose vision is to prevent and cure disease and disability of the brain and nervous system through leadership, excellence and innovation in neuroscience research. NeuRA has world-class research facilities and is based at Randwick in Sydney. 

The role

Do you thrive on producing compelling content across Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other channels? 

In this role you will be working with Australia’s leading researchers and bringing exposure to their findings.

You will produce material for NeuRA’s social media accounts, update the organisation’s website via Word Press, and assist with the production of videos and photographs.

This role will suit someone with a minimum of 2-3 years’ experience, who is both a team player and who is comfortable operating with minimal supervision. 

NeuRA has a vast array of fascinating stories to tell. In any given week you could be working on new COVID-19 research proposals or discoveries about new parts of the brain.

The Digital Communications Officer will also work with counterparts at partner organisations and support the campaigns run by NeuRA’s fundraising teams. 

The position is for casual employment. Working hours are flexible – our priority is welcoming someone to our tight knit team who has the skills and character we are looking for. 

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: Innovation. Excellence. Integrity. Leadership. Human impact.

How to apply

For further details or a discussion about the position, please call the NeuRA Media & Communications Manager, David Crisante.

Phone: +612 9399 1077 Email: d.crisante@neura.edu.au

If you are passionate and keen to make a difference to promote research and better health for all, please submit your application, including cover letter and full curriculum vitae via Seek.com.au.

Full Position Description (PDF) can be downloaded here

Please note that applications will not be accepted via other mediums i.e. email.

Closing date: Friday 15 May 2020

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.

You must have the right to live and work in Australia. 

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

Partnerships & Campaigns Manager

  • World-class medical research institute
  • Help conquer and cure brain and nervous system disease and disorder affecting millions
  • Become a key member of a dynamic fundraising team

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is a leading independent medical research institute whose vision is to prevent and cure disease and disability of the brain and nervous system through leadership, excellence and innovation in neuroscience research. NeuRA has world-class research facilities and is based at Randwick in Sydney.

NeuRA is now searching for a dedicated fundraising professional to join their Foundation team as the Partnerships & Campaigns Manager. This important role will manage business development and relationship building activities with corporate partners and trusts and foundations as well as manage the community events fundraising program. The role reports directly into the NeuRA Foundation Director and supervises one direct report – the Fundraising Officer (Community Events), who will support the implementation of NeuRA’s community fundraising program.

The Partnerships & Campaigns Manager will play a critical role in developing strategic partnerships which will advance NeuRA’s research discoveries into conditions affecting millions around the world, such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease, mental illness and spinal cord injury.  You will be joining a successful fundraising team which has recently established several major corporate partnerships as well as launching an innovative new community event – Colour Your Hair for mental health research. An attractive salary package is on offer.

By the twelve month mark in the role, you will have cultivated and developed relationships with existing corporate partners, built a prospect list of new corporate partners, trusts and foundations, and managed the implementation of NeuRA’s community events program, building upon the Foundations success to date.  

Responsibilities for the role include:

  • Develop a corporate partnership and trust and foundation strategy which supports NeuRA’s strategic areas of research.
  • Create a prospect list of corporate, trust and foundation targets based on linkage and connection to NeuRA.
  • Prepare partnership proposals and funding submissions and monitor the submission process.
  • Cultivate existing partnerships and build upon success.

To excel in this role you will have excellent attention to detail, organisational and planning abilities as demonstrated in the preparation of funding proposals. You will possess excellent writing and presentation skills in order to convey the key features of a funding proposal to trust and foundation trustees and corporate managers in order to cultivate their interest in and support for NeuRA’s research projects. You will have the ability to build confidence with the senior researchers at NeuRA, trust and foundation trustees and managers as well as the key stakeholders at existing and potential corporate partners. The successful candidate will have a good grasp of the processes involved with acquiring funding from trusts and foundations and corporates. This includes coordinating the key stages of the process from prospecting and aligning needs, identifying the value proposition to funders, writing the proposal, reporting on outcomes and the retention of donors through excellent relationship management skills.

You will have ideally managed a corporate partnerships or trusts & foundations program for an established not-for-profit organisation. Experience working in a medical research organisation will be highly regarded.

The role has been identified as full-time (5 days per week), but is open to negotiation with the successful candidate.

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: Innovation. Excellence. Integrity. Leadership. Human impact.

NeuRA is committed to improving research quality. Our goals are to:

  • Raise awareness
  • Educate, Train & Foster
  • Promote Openness
  • Adopt Improvement

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

For more information or a confidential chat about the role, please contact the NeuRA Foundation Director, Grant Simpson on +61 2 9399 1262 or g.simpson@neura.edu.au.

To apply, submit your CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria via seek.com.au.

Please note that applications will not be accepted via other mediums i.e. email.

Full Position Description (PDF) can be downloaded here

Closing date: 5PM, Friday 27 March 2020

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.

Direct Marketing & CRM Manager

  • World-class medical research institute
  • Help conquer and cure brain and nervous system disease and disorder affecting millions
  • Become a key member of a dynamic fundraising team

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is a leading independent medical research institute whose vision is to prevent and cure disease and disability of the brain and nervous system through leadership, excellence and innovation in neuroscience research. NeuRA has world-class research facilities and is based at Randwick in Sydney.

NeuRA is now searching for a knowledgeable Direct Marketing (DM) and CRM Manager to join their Foundation team. The DM & CRM Manager is a key leadership role within the NeuRA Foundation, responsible for the development and implementation of the Foundation’s DM program as well as supervising the optimisation of Raisers Edge the Foundation’s CRM system. The role reports directly into the NeuRA Foundation Director and supervises 3 direct report – 2 x Donor Administrators and the CRM Administrator.

The DM & CRM Manager plays a vital role in advancing NeuRA’s critical research discoveries into conditions such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease, mental illness and spinal cord injury by raising support from thousands of current and prospective donors. You will be a senior member of a successful fundraising team which is well poised to move to the next level of growth. An attractive salary package is on offer.

By twelve months in the role, you will have reviewed the DM and donor acquisition strategies and proposed new ideas to further grow both programs. You will also have identified and implemented new efficiencies through the CRM and optimised its output as an enabler for fundraising growth.  

Responsibilities for the role include:

  • Develop and implement the DM and Regular Giving program.
  • Manage the acquisition of new donors both through mail-based and digital channels.
  • Optimise the efficiency of the Foundations CRM (Raisers Edge) ensuring it is a key enabler for data-driven fundraising success.
  • Provide team leadership and supervision for the donor administration team (2 team members) and the CRM Administrator in achieving the goals of the DM program and CRM system.

To excel in this role you will be an experienced DM leader from within the For-Purpose sector. You will bring demonstrated leadership experience of a fundraising team and experience with a CRM system, preferably, Raisers Edge. You will have excellent attention to detail, organisational and planning abilities and possess excellent writing skills.

You will be a positive team player and able to collaborate well with other members of the Foundation team and have the ability to build confidence and trust with NeuRA’s senior researchers. The successful candidate will also have a good grasp of PCI DSS compliance.

Experience working in the health or medical research sector, while not essential, will be highly regarded.

The role is for full-time employment (5 days per week).

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: Innovation. Excellence. Integrity. Leadership. Human impact.

NeuRA is committed to improving research quality. Our goals are to:

  • Raise awareness
  • Educate, Train & Foster
  • Promote Openness
  • Adopt Improvement

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

For more information or a confidential chat about the role, please contact the NeuRA Foundation Director, Grant Simpson on +61 2 9399 1262 or g.simpson@neura.edu.au.

To apply, submit your CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria via seek.com.au.

Please note that applications will not be accepted via other mediums i.e. email.

Full Position Description (PDF) can be downloaded here

Closing date: 5PM, Friday 27 March 2020

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.


Operations Positions

Mechanical Technician


About us

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is a leading independent medical research institute whose vision is to prevent and cure disease and disability of the brain and nervous system through leadership, excellence and innovation in neuroscience research. NeuRA has world-class research facilities and is based at Randwick in Sydney. 

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: Innovation. Excellence. Integrity. Leadership. Human impact.

The role

NeuRA currently has a vacancy for an experienced Mechanical Technician to design and manufacture custom research equipment. The successful candidate will be working in collaboration with world leading scientists to facilitate research activities according to best practice and legislative requirements.

This fascinating role provides a unique opportunity for an experienced graduate or tradesman to utilise their broad knowledge and experience to create bespoke equipment that directly impacts health outcomes in the field of neuroscience.

Because of the unique nature of the equipment created, NeuRA is committed to ensuring all aspects of WHS compliance is covered through documentation. An ability to forensically detail existing equipment and complete the necessary documentation will be highly desirable and set as an initial priority.  The Mechanical Technician will not only need to have the ability to design and manufacture projects within tight timeframes but ensure WHS compliance to maintain a safe workplace.

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

Responsibilities

  • Design and manufacture of research equipment
  • Use and maintenance of workshop machinery and tools
  • Ability to use CAD an CAM
  • Repair existing equipment used by researchers
  • WHS compliance
  • Facilities Department duties including testing and tagging

Requirements

To succeed in this role, a minimum of 5 years experience in design and manufacturing using a variety of machinery is preferred. Personal qualities such as being able to think creatively and analytically, and the ability to solve problems are essential. Your written and verbal communication skills need to be highly developed and you must possess be able to communicate with people at all levels. Experience completing WHS documentation is desirable. A willingness to work flexibly within a team environment is also highly desirable.

How to apply

To apply, submit your CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria via seek.com.au. 

For more information or a confidential chat about the role, please contact Mark O’Hara on 0414 793 683 or at m.ohara@neura.edu.au

Position Description (PDF) can be downloaded here

Please note that applications will not be accepted via other mediums i.e. email.

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.

You must have the right to live and work in Australia. 

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