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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

Senior Postdoctoral Fellow/ Postdoctoral Fellow/ Clinical Trials Manager

  • Opportunity to undertake world leading research in an internationally renowned research institute
  • Chance to manage large international clinical trials
  • Support to develop and lead your own program of research

About NeuRA

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. 

About the Role

Dr McCaughey is seeking a self-motivated enthusiastic researcher or clinical trials manager to assist in delivering a program of work relating to the development and clinical evaluation of technologies to improve function after spinal cord injury, and other related avenues of research. This research has primarily been funded by NSW Health. The candidate will have the opportunity to develop their own research agenda, and supervise junior team members and students.

In this role, you will be producing publication of studies in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at national and international conferences as well as demonstrating successful grant funding as both lead and co-investigator.

 Responsibilities of the role

·        Conduct and manage program of research relating to “Abdominal Stimulation to improve clinical outcomes after spinal cord injury: translation into worldwide clinical practice”.

·        Develop and lead own program of research.

·        Make presentations at conferences and seminars within and outside NeuRA when required, write manuscripts at the completion of projects, record experimental details and data results in laboratory note book.

·        Undertake other jobs befitting of a senior postdoctoral fellow within the McCaughey group as and when required, including supervision of research assistants and students.

To succeed in this role, you will need

·        Bachelors or masters degree in relevant discipline, plus ideally 5 years relevant clinical trials experience (for RA-E level appointment), or PhD in relevant topic (for postdoctoral fellow appointment) i.e. Neurophysiology, neuroscience, physiology, biomedical engineering, physiotherapy, exercise physiology, or PhD in relevant topic and ideally 5 years research experience (for senior postdoctoral fellow appointment)

·        Ability to work independently and as part of a research team

·        Ability to communicate effectively, in writing and verbally, with a wide range of people

·        Ability to contribute to the development of new research ideas and experiments

·        In-depth knowledge of clinical trial design and management

·        Experience of ethics applications

·        In-depth understanding of data analysis

·        Strong track record of peer-reviewed publications

·        Demonstrated track record of securing competitive research funding

Key skills that would be advantageous

·        Understanding of electrical stimulation, ideally Abdominal Functional Electrical Stimulation

·        Experience working with patients with Spinal Cord Injury and/or paralysis in a clinical and home based setting

·        Experience of multi-site trials

·        Knowledge of grant applications and Australian funding sector

·        Knowledge of Microsoft Office Programs

·        Experience using electronic data capture system

·        Moderate medical knowledge

This role will be for 2 years initially, with funding already secured to enable another 3 years of employment for the right candidate. Part time roles will be considered. More information about Dr McCaughey’s research can be found on the NeuRA website.

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

To apply, submit your CV and cover letter to HR@neura.edu.au

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

Research Assistant - The Sydney Brain Bank (SBB)

About NeuRA

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 Sydney Brain Bank (SBB) at NeuRA is a facility that collects, characterises and stores human brain tissue for use in neuroscience research in Australia and overseas.

About the Role

We seek a highly motivated individual with laboratory experience and knowledge of histological or other anatomical pathology techniques to join our team. You will be responsible for collecting, receiving and processing brain and spinal cord specimens to enable high quality tissue samples suitable for a variety of research applications.  Other duties will include maintenance of laboratory stocks, equipment and records and assistance with researcher requests for specimens.

About You

The successful applicant will:

  • Conduct laboratory research tasks including receiving human brain and spinal cord specimens, performing dissection of fresh tissue and slicing of fixed brain specimens and collection of tissue for tissue requests;
  • Liaise with relevant health practitioners/NSW Health staff to collect paperwork necessary for brain and spinal cord removal at mortuary facility. Perform brain and spinal cord removal and transport tissue back to the SBB;
  • Maintain an on-call presence for out-of-hours fresh brain dissections and freezer monitoring. This will require participation in an on-call roster to be available to assist with fresh tissue dissections should they arise and to be one of two staff on a freezer monitoring roster full-time;
  • Paraffin embedding, sectioning and histological staining of specimens;
  • Long-term maintenance and storage of specimens;
  • Provide support and assistance to the SBB Manager to receive tissue request enquiries, ascertain feasibility of enquiries and compliance check applications;
  • Prepare and manage agreements for tissue transfer and other associated documentation;
  • Arrange dispatch of tissue samples by courier to researchers within required timeframes;
  • Carry out laboratory duties including overseeing and monitoring of replacement stock, laboratory equipment maintenance and maintenance of records, reports and correspondence as required;
  • Provide technical, research and administrative support to the SBB Director and Manager, and other duties as required.

Essential Selection Criteria

  • A degree or equivalent in a science-based discipline;
  • Experience in histological and immunohistochemical techniques;
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality;
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Proven ability to show attention to detail and commitment to quality;
  • Ability to accurately plan, execute and document experimental research;
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training;
  • Current driver’s licence.

Desirable criteria

  • Knowledge of neuroanatomy or brain banking;
  • Experience with Filemaker database systems;
  • Knowledge of autopsy procedure.

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 more information, please view the position description (PDF) or contact Heather McCann via email at h.mccann@neura.edu.au.

Please apply via Seek.

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


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.

PhD Scholarship in Shoulder Muscle Modelling

A PhD scholarship is available at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) in Sydney, Australia in computational modelling of shoulder muscles. The project is part of an Industrial Transformation Training Centre (ITTC) funded by the Australian Research Council and led by researchers at Queensland University of Technology. The centre aims to advance personalised surgical treatment of joints by integrating computer tools for pre-surgical planning and decision making, computer simulation systems and robot simulators for surgical training. The successful PhD candidate will develop a detailed three-dimensional finite element joint model of the shoulder that includes cartilage, key muscles and ligaments, and contact between the humerus and glenoid. The model will be used to assess the effects of soft-tissue tensioning and muscle activation on joint loading and stability. 

The project requires a background in biomedical or mechanical engineering, physics, applied mathematics or a related discipline. Experience in computational modelling, particularly finite element modelling, and/or in imaging are highly desirable. 

The PhD student will be supervised by Professor Lynne Bilston and Dr Bart Bolsterlee, with input from Professor Peter Pivonka (Queensland University of Technology). The PhD student will be enrolled through the University of New South Wales and will work in Professor Bilston’s laboratory at NeuRA as part of an interdisciplinary team with skills spanning imaging, neurophysiology, physiology, motor control, biomechanics, and computational modelling. The student will collaborate with other students and researchers at NeuRA and Queensland University of Technology. 

The stipend offered for this 3-year scholarship (with possible extension for 6 months if required) will be at the Australian Research Training Program rate (currently $28,092 p.a.) plus a $5,000 top up scholarship, for a total of $33,092 p.a. Both Australian and international applicants are welcome to apply. However this scholarship does not cover university tuition fees for international students, and international students may need to apply for a tuition fee scholarship at UNSW, if successful in winning the scholarship. 

Essential criteria

An undergraduate degree with first or second class division 1 Honours in biomedical or mechanical engineering, physics, or a related discipline; eligibility for admission to the PhD program at the University of New South Wales (see https://research.unsw.edu.au/submit-application), knowledge of magnetic resonance imaging and/or anatomical modelling; excellent communication skills (written and verbal) in English, including meeting the UNSW English language requirements (no exceptions can be made to the latter); no medical conditions or implants that would preclude working in the MRI scanner. 

Desirable criteria

Experience in computational modelling, preferably in finite element analysis; biomechanics, biomedical science, and physiology knowledge. 

To apply please send your application, with your curriculum vitae to Professor Lynne Bilston (l.bilston@neura.edu.au).

Applications will be accepted until the scholarship is awarded, but applications will be assessed starting September 14th, 2020.


Foundation Positions

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Operations Positions

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