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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 Positionss

Research Assistant, Schizophrenia Research Laboratory

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. The Schizophrenia Research Laboratory (SRL) endeavours to delineate the basis of schizophrenia, a devastating mental illness which first manifests during adolescence, by bridging the molecular neurodevelopmental and cognitive neuronal systems approaches.

About the Role

We are seeking a highly motivated individual with laboratory experience and knowledge of molecular biology techniques and neuroanatomy to join our dynamic team of scientists. You will be responsible for supporting research projects on the elucidation of molecular and cellular pathology in schizophrenia. This position will entail providing technical support for gene and protein measurements in rodent and human post-mortem brain tissue, and routine laboratory duties. Please view the Position Description for more details.

Essential Selection Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience or related science-based disciplines with Honours and/or a minimum of one-year experience in a laboratory environment.
  • Knowledge of brain neuroanatomy.
  • Experience of molecular biology techniques such as nucleic acid and protein isolation, quantitative RT-PCR, and western blotting.
  • Working knowledge or experience in histological and immunohistochemical techniques and microscopy (e.g. epifluorescence, confocal).
  • Proven ability to show attention to detail, and to accurately plan, execute and document experimental research.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience working with post-mortem human and/or rodent brain tissue.
  • Experience working in mental health research.
  • Experience in the use of microscopy and imaging software such as Stereo Investigator and Image J.
  • Experience in the use of statistical packages such as IBM SPSS Statistics.

How to Apply

View full position description here.

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

Applications close on 8 January 2021 at 5PM.

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.

PhD project in Schizophrenia Research Laboratory

A PhD project is available in the Schizophrenia Research Laboratory at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) in Sydney. The Schizophrenia Research Laboratory investigates molecular and cellular changes in the brain of people with schizophrenia and across normal human brain development. Our goal is to uncover underlying molecular mechanisms that may contribute to the development of schizophrenia, including inflammation, neurotransmitter systems, hormone receptors and growth factors.

The successful PhD candidate will investigate how inflammation blunts neurogenesis in the adult brain using various different experimental approaches, such as RNA sequencing, qPCR, western blot, histology, and microscopy. The successful PhD candidate is expected to hold an undergraduate degree with first-class Honours in neuroscience, neurobiology, biomedical science or related disciplines. Experience in histological techniques with knowledge of neuroanatomy, understanding of
microscopy and/or working knowledge of molecular biology is highly desirable.

In the advent that the student is not awarded a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship, a stipend can be offered as a 3-year scholarship (with possible extension for 6 months if required) at the RTP rate (currently $28,092 p.a.). To be eligible for this project, applicants must meet entry requirements for admission to the PhD program at the University of New South Wales (https://research.unsw.edu.au/submitapplication). Applications will be judged on a competitive basis considering the applicant’s previous academic research experience, publication record, awards, interest in mental health research, and employment history.

For further information, please contact Dr. Christin Weissleder at c.weissleder@neura.edu.au. To apply, please send your cover letter with your curriculum vitae to Inara Bebris (i.bebris@neura.edu.au). Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.


Foundation Positions

Fundraising Officer - Community Events

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

NeuRA is now searching for a fundraising professional to join their Foundation team as the Fundraising Officer (Community Events). This important role will coordinate the implementation of NeuRA’s community fundraising events program. The role reports into the Partnerships & Campaigns Manager and will work closely with other members of the Foundation team.

Responsibilities for the role include:

  • Cultivating relationships and build support amongst corporate partners and individual fundraisers
  • Building the prospect list of corporate partners for community events
  • Implementing the community fundraising events program, ensuring critical milestones are met as per the annual calendar
  • Evaluate ways to enhance the performance of the community fundraising campaigns to maximise enthusiasm and participation by corporate partners and fundraisers
  • Develop post-campaign reporting to analyse campaign results and identify key learnings to improve performance for the following year

To excel in this role you will be a passionate community events fundraiser with a track record of building mutually beneficial relationships. You will have excellent time management skills and attention to detail, ensuring that campaigns are seamlessly implemented. You will possess excellent communication skills and be able to cultivate interest in and support for NeuRA’s community events. You will thrive working in a team environment and be able to build rapport with other members of the Foundation team as well as NeuRA operations team and research staff.

 Experience working in a health or medical research organisation will be highly regarded.

How to apply

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 Partnerships and Campaigns Manager, Stephen Gallagher on +61 4 2726 4707  or s.gallagher@neura.edu.au.

View the full position description 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: Friday 15 January 2021

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