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

Research Assistant

Company:                              Neuroscience Research Australia 

Job Location:                        Randwick, NSW 2031

Employment Status:             Full time, maximum term position 

Annual Remuneration 
Range                                     $71,174 to $79,005 per annum (inclusive of 10.5% super)

Start date & duration:           September 2022 for one year, with a possibility of extension 

This is a full time fixed term position commencing September 2022 for a period of 12 months with a possibility of extension. 

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is a leading independent, not-for-profit medical research institute whose vision is to prevent, treat 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.

Professor James McAuley is the Director of the Centre for Pain IMPACT at NeuRA. The Centre’s research combines experimental, clinical and translational methods to develop and test new interventions for chronic pain.

Prof McAuley is seeking a full-time Research Assistant to work on MEMOIR, a Commonwealth Government funded clinical trial for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). CRPS is a rare and disabling pain disorder that affects approximately 5,000 Australians annually. There are currently no effective treatments for CRPS. 

The Research Assistant will work closely with the MEMOIR Trial Manager and will be involved in day-to-day trial operations. The Research Assistant will be the primary contact for trial participants, will conduct participant screening for trial eligibility, and should be available for contact during possible out of hours phone calls. The role requires close liaison with internal trial members (Trial Manager, medical team, trial clinicians) and external contractors (drug and device manufacturers, warehouses and courier companies). 

The Research Assistant will oversee participant data entry into the online database system, REDCap, and will conduct regular checks for the Trial Manager. The Research Assistant will ensure trial protocol and safety compliance are being adhered to, data quality and study conduct are in line with ethical standards, and Good Clinical Practice guidelines are being adhered to. 

The Research Assistant will assist the Trial Manager with recruitment strategies and ensure recruitment deadlines are being met. The Research Assistant will undertake other tasks necessary for the successful completion of the trial. 

For more information about the trial, visit: https://www.neura.edu.au/project/memoir-a-clinical-trial-for-complex-regional-pain-syndrome/ 

Experience, skill and qualification requirements: 

  • Degree in related discipline, health background desirable (e.g. physiotherapy, nursing, medicine) 
  • Research assistance experience in clinical trials desirable, but not essential 
  • Computer skills including word processing and database management, REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) experience desirable 
  • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills and ability to handle sensitive information
  • Ability to set priorities, monitor workflows and develop best practice work standards
  • Excellent organisational skills 
  • Ability to work effectively and flexibly in a team environment

To apply

To apply, submit your CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria to M.Ferraro@unsw.edu.au

Closing date: 31 August 2022

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.

Research Assistant

Research Project – Ultrasound of the Lateral Walls of the Upper Airway in sleep apnoea

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is a leader in brain and nervous system research in Sydney, Australia. Our goal is to prevent, treat and cure nervous system diseases, disorders and injuries through medical research. NeuRA is affiliated with UNSW (University of New South Wales), which is ranked in medical research in the global top 100 universities, and Prince of Wales Hospital, a major teaching hospital. Our research spans all aspects of neuroscience from the brain to the peripheral nerves and beyond. NeuRA has over 25 years history of high-quality research led by over 30 established research groups. The NeuRA Sleep Group is at the forefront of developing novel imaging techniques in obstructive sleep apnoea patients (OSA), in particular MRI of the brain and upper airway.

OSA is a disorder of anatomy and neurophysiology which leads to repetitive upper airway closure whilst asleep. This leads to poor quality sleep and fatigue, with increased the risk of accidents.  OSA is also a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, strokes and dementia.  However, CPAP, the first line treatment, is poorly tolerated by some patients.  Other treatments, such as mandibular advancement splint (MAS), do not always work.  MAS mechanically protrudes the jaw in order to reduce upper airway collapsibility, but a large part of its action is on lateral airway tissues.  Our recent MRI research discovered a structure in the lateral walls of the airway which may be able to predict MAS treatment outcomes, but MRI is impractical and expensive.  New “bedside” methods, which are practical in a clinical setting, are needed to characterise this structure further.  The aim of this project is to develop a practical and affordable screening tool using ultrasound, and validate ultrasound by comparison to MRI, thereby solving a major clinical problem for sleep medicine. 

We are offering a 2 days per week part time salary for this research project for 3 years.  The successful applicant will continue development of an ultrasound technique in OSA patients, make comparisons to MRI as well as explore treatment outcomes in MAS. 

The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Dr Liz Brown and Professor Lynne Bilston.  They may be eligible to receive salary of $30,000 pa working 2 days per week for up to 3 years.  The salary could be converted to a full time PhD/Masters scholarship if the applicant was suitable (ie. Candidate must meet the UNSW admission requirements for the Higher Degree Research)

Essential criteria

  • Honours / Masters degree/ PhD in biological/medical science or related discipline; or postgraduate training in Sleep Medicine (FRACP or post-graduate diploma)
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and written skills;
  • Demonstrated organisational skills and attention to detail;
  • A record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity;

International applicants are required to have the necessary visa to work in Australia. 

Desirable criteria

  • experience in performing and interpreting ultrasound and MRI,
  • prior knowledge of obstructive sleep apnoea, head and neck anatomy.

The Position Description (PDF) can be obtained from Dr Brown if required or available here.

For enquiries: please contact: Dr Elizabeth Brown, Sleep and Respiratory Physician at Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, Australia. Email: Liz.Brown@health.nsw.gov.au

To apply: please send your CV and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria to:  Liz.Brown@health.nsw.gov.au

Applications close: 16 August 2022

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.

Research Assistant / Research Nurse

Position title:
Research Assistant /Research Nurse, Full time.

Start date & duration:
September 2022 for one year, with a possibility of extension

About the role: Professor James McAuley is the Director of the Centre for Pain IMPACT at NeuRA. The Centre’s research combines experimental, clinical and translational methods to develop and test new interventions for chronic pain.

Prof McAuley is seeking a full-time Research Assistant to work on MEMOIR, a Commonwealth Government funded clinical trial for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). CRPS is a rare and disabling pain disorder that affects approximately 5,000 Australians annually. There are currently no effective treatments for CRPS.

The Research Assistant will work closely with the MEMOIR Trial Manager and trial team and will be oversee the day-to-day management of the trial. The Research Assistant will be the primary contact for trial participants, will conduct participant screening for trial eligibility, and should be available on roster for out of hours phone calls. The role requires close liaison with internal trial members (medical team and trial clinicians) and external contractors (drug and device manufacturers, warehouses and courier companies).

The Research Assistant will manage the online database system, REDCap and will conduct regular checks for the Trial Manager and Medical Monitor. The Research Assistant will ensure trial protocol and safety compliance are being adhered to, data quality and study conduct are in line with ethical standards, and Good Clinical Practice guidelines are being adhered to.

The Research Assistant will assist the Trial Manager with recruitment strategies and ensure recruitment deadlines are being met. The Research Assistant will undertake other tasks necessary for the successful completion of the trial.

For more information about the trial, visit: https://memoir.neura.edu.au

Requirements:

  • Degree in related discipline, health background (e.g. nursing, medicine)
  • Research assistance experience in clinical trials essential
  • Experience in clinical practice desirable
  • Demonstrated experience in clinical interviewing and assessment of potential participants’ suitability for trial participation
  • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills and ability to handle sensitive information
  • Computer skills including word processing and database management, REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) experience
  • Foundational knowledge of commonly prescribed medicines
  • Ability to set priorities, monitor workflows and develop best practice work standards
  • Ability to work effectively and flexibly in a team environment

To apply

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

Full Position Description (PDF) can be downloaded here

Closing date: 12 August 2022

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.


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 eventsSkills RequiredYou 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 skillsIf 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