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 Translation and communications officer 

Part-time 0.6 FTE (21 hours per week)
12 Month Fixed-Term Contract

About the Role
The Research Translation and communications officer will work closely with the Research Team leader Prof Kaarin Anstey to develop online research materials, project specific communications that engage community and external stakeholders, promote current research activities, share knowledge, research outputs and achievements, and support the research team’s digital and social media presence. This position has no direct reports.

Responsibilities of the Role criteria:

  • Contribute to writing and presentation of online research interventions tools and programs in the field of dementia, older drivers and healthy ageing
  • Coordinate and guide the development, implementation and monitoring of an overarching research translation and communications strategy
  • Assist with identifying research translation opportunities and needs across a range of stakeholders.
  • Draft, design, edit and produce a range of communications collateral including written and visual materials for research briefs, web pages, social media posts, media releases, newsletters etc.
  • Actively engage with research project teams, monitor team outputs and achievements, collate information for communications, and assist with annual reporting.
  • Assist with updating and maintaining web content, including publications and grant funding data, staff and project profiles.
  • Support the scoping, design and delivery of research team events as required.
  • Adhere to occupational health and safety and equal opportunity standards and principles of the organisation

To succeed in this role, you will need:

  • Qualifications in science communications, media, or journalism with experience in relevant disciplines preferably psychology, health, dementia, population health or behavioural sciences. 
  • Experience working in research environments, university, or medical research institutes.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills, ability to translate science into accessible language, high attention to detail, and ability to prepare and proof content for various audiences and purposes.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, ability to build relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, and experience dealing with media and journalists.
  • Ability to show initiative, work independently as well as collaboratively within a large team.
  • Excellent computer literacy including Microsoft suite, Adobe suite, web content management systems, desktop publishing, image and video editing software.
  • Proficiency with graphic design, and skills in producing publications.

To succeed in this role, you will need:

  • Demonstrated interest in dementia and/or cognitive ageing (desirable).

Enquiries to: For more information or a confidential chat about the role, please contact Kaarin Anstey k.anstey@neura.edu.au

To apply submit your CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria via www.seek.com.au/Neuroscience-Research-Australia-jobs. Please note that applications will not be accepted via other mediums i.e. email.

Full position description can be downloaded here.

Closing date: Friday 27th May, 2022

Project Officer, Australian Hip Fracture Registry 

Part-time 0.6 FTE (21 hours per week)
6 month fixed-term contract

About the Role
NeuRA now has an opportunity for a Project Officer to join the ANZHFR on a part-time basis for 6 months to support Registry activities.
The role is based in Sydney. Reporting to the Manager, Australian Hip Fracture Registry (AHFR), this position is responsible for the key aspects of Registry work including coordinating the Binational Hip Festival conference (1 day event in Melbourne in October 2022), producing and disseminating quarterly ANZHFR newsletters, maintaining and updating the ANZHFR website as required, managing ANZHFR social media accounts (Twitter, Linked In, Facebook) and working with the ANZHFR Management team to support other key projects as required.

Responsibilities of the Role criteria:

  • Maintain effective communication with all ANZHFR stakeholders, both internal and external
  • Manage requests for ANZHFR resources including the My Hip Fracture Care Guide
  • Coordinate and complete within designated timeframes the annual facility level audit for the ANZHFR
  • Secretariat to the ANZHFR Steering Group
  • Coordinate the Binational Hip Festival conference (1 day event in Melbourne in October 2022)
  • Coordinate the Annual Golden Hip award ceremony
  • Produce and disseminate quarterly ANZHFR newsletters (March, June, September, December)
  • Maintain and update the ANZHFR website as required
  • Manage ANZHFR social media accounts (Twitter, Linked In, Facebook)
  • Support other projects as directed to contribute to the success of the ANZHFR in its mission to improve hip fracture care for older people e.g. Annual report

To succeed in this role, you will need:

  • Qualifications in a health profession
  • Demonstrated knowledge about the causes and consequences of hip fracture
  • Advanced project management skills and demonstrated ability to achieve deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills and an ability to engage and liaise with colleagues, health professionals and external agencies.
  • Computer literacy with understanding of clinical quality registries and the concepts of data quality, confidentiality and privacy
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills with demonstrated ability to prioritise and deliver high quality outputs.
  • Proficiency using major social media platforms, communication tools, word processing and desktop publishing tools
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team.
  • Adaptability and flexibility and demonstrated ability to operate in changing and complex environments

Enquiries to: For more information or a confidential chat about the role, please contact: Ms Jamie Hallen, Registry Manager on (02) 9399 1132

To apply submit your CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria via www.seek.com.au/Neuroscience-Research-Australia-jobs

Full position description can be downloaded here.

Closing date: Friday 3rd June, 2022

Postdoctoral Fellow 

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.

Essential criteria:

  • Bachelors or masters degree in relevant discipline, plus minimum 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 at least 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
  • Applicants for postdoctoral fellow and senior postdoctoral fellow must have a strong track record of peer-reviewed publications
  • Applicants for senior postdoctoral fellow would be expected to have a demonstrated track record of securing competitive research funding

Desirable criteria:

  • 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

Enquiries to: For more information or a confidential chat about the role, please contact: Dr Euan McCaughey, e.mccaughey@neura.edu.au, 0293991827

To apply submit your CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria via www.seek.com.au/Neuroscience-Research-Australia-jobs

Full position description can be downloaded here.

Closing date: 25th of May, 2022


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.

Scholarship for Masters / PhD in Multiple Sclerosis Research

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is a leader in brain and nervous system research. Our goal is to prevent, treat and cure brain and nervous system diseases, disorders and injuries through medical research.

Within the Falls, Balance and Injury Research Centre, we conduct research to improve our understanding of balance control and prevent falls and negative health outcomes in ageing and clinical groups with balance problems, using a range of study designs. In the last ten years, we have been investigating risk factors for falls in people with Multiple Sclerosis and devised exercise-based interventions to improve balance and reduce falls in this clinical group.

We are offering a scholarship for a full-time Masters or PhD student to work on a research project aiming to improve walking in people with Multiple Sclerosis. The project is funded by MS Research Australia and Multiple Sclerosis Limited and involves an initial cross-sectional study to determine the impact of muscle weakness on impaired walking in people with MS, followed by a randomised-controlled trial to test an effective approach to improve walking in people with MS.

The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Professor Stephen Lord, Dr Phu Hoang and Dr Jasmine Menant and will be enrolled within the School of Population Health at UNSW. They may be eligible to receive a scholarship of $30,000 pa for up to 3.5 years.

Essential criteria

  • an undergraduate / Honours / Masters degree in exercise physiology or a related discipline;
  • the candidate must meet the UNSW admission requirements for the Higher Degree Research.
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • excellent written English skills;
  • demonstrated organisational skills and attention to detail;
  • proven ability to work independently;

Desirable criteria

  • experience working with people with MS or other motor impairment.

The Position Description (PDF) can be viewed here.

For enquiries, please contact: Dr Jasmine Menant, j.menant@neura.edu.au. 

To apply please send your CV and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria to:  j.menant@neura.edu.au. 

Closing date: 31st May 2021

Scholarship for PhD in Parkinson's Disease

About the project

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a movement disorder characterised by cell death and the accumulation of alpha-synuclein protein in the form of Lewy bodies in specific brain regions. Alpha-synuclein also accumulates in dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), which is indistinguishable from PD at post-mortem, and together they are referred to as Lewy body disorders. Recent studies have identified a novel system of waste clearance in the brain known as the glymphatic system (Yankova et al 2021). It consists of a unique arrangement of channels involving blood vessels and astrocytes, which are inflammatory cells that play an integral role in brain health. Animal studies indicate that the proteins that accumulate during the neurodegenerative process are cleared from the brain into the glymphatic system, suggesting that impaired glymphatic function may underlie the neurodegenerative process. Interestingly, animal studies have also demonstrated regional variations in glymphatic system function, particularly in the midbrain, which is the brain region that undergoes severe degeneration in PD (Dobson et al 2017). Despite this knowledge, few studies have investigated structural changes in the glymphatic system in human brain tissue and no studies have determined whether alterationsin the glymphatic system coincide with the region-specific pathology that underlies Lewy body disorders.This project will use the valuable Sydney Brain Bank tissue resource to better understand the glymphatic system in Lewy body disease.

The study will investigate region-specific changes in glymphatic function and determine any association with the protein accumulation and cell death that gives rise to the clinical disease. These important human brain tissue studies will determine whether alterations in the glymphatic system underlie neurodegeneration in PD and DLB and whether improving glymphatic activity may represent an avenue for disease prevention and/or treatment.

About Neuroscience Research Australia

NeuRA (Neuroscience Research Australia) is a world-leading institute in Sydney, Australia. 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. We are translating laboratory research to the clinic, from the cell to the community. Our students are future research leaders. In our vibrant research environment our students are supervised by internationally recognised experts in neuroscience. NeuRA has over 25 years history of high-quality research led by over 30 established research groups. PhD, Masters and Honours students have the opportunity to study in a custom-built neuroscience facility and work in a community of world leaders. NeuRA researchers undertaking studies that lead to a degree (PhD, Masters, Honours etc.) need to be enrolled at UNSW, who are the awarding body. This PhD scholarship will be carried out under the supervision of Dr Claire Shepherd and Professor Glenda Halliday at Neuroscience Research Australia.

Scholarship details

The scholarship will be administered by Neuroscience Research Australia and provides a tax-free stipend for a period of up to four years. The scholarship will provide astipend of $33,579 per annum (equivalent to a Government funded Research Training Program scholarship) plus a NeuRA supplementary scholarship of $5,000). Eligible graduates who hold an Australian RTP Award or a National Health and Medical Research Council or similar scholarship will be offered a Michael & Elizabeth Gilbert supplementary scholarship of $5,000 pa.

Eligibility

• You must be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent residency to be considered.

• You must have completed an Honours in Biological/Medical Science (or equivalent).

• To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity

Contact details

For further information about the research project please contact Dr Claire Shepherd Email: c.shepherd@neura.edu.au Tel: +61 2 93991690

Applications

Please submit your CV, including details of your academic record and relevant experience along with a cover letter addressing your research interests and motivation for undertaking this program of research to HR@neura.edu.au. Please title the email –Application for Michael & Elizabeth Gilbert Scholarship.

Applications will close on June 1st 2021.

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.

Scholarship for PhD: How do modifications to child restraints for children with disability affect their safety when travelling in motor cars?

Children with disability often require modifications to standard safety equipment, such as seatbelts and child restraints, when travelling in cars. These may include padding, postural supports, and harnesses to name just a few. However, little is known about how these modifications affect the safety performance of seatbelts and child restraints in car crashes.

The aim of this PhD scholarship is to support a talented research student to determine the effects of common modifications required for children with disability to travel in motor vehicles on the crash performance. It will further develop an evidence base for allied health practitioners performing such modifications to maximise the safety of children with disability during travel. 

Who is eligible? 

• Students with undergraduate qualifications in occupational therapy, engineering, physiotherapy or other relevant discipline. Previous research experience or experience working with children with disability will be highly regarded. 

• Students must meet the requirements for enrolment as a postgraduate research student at UNSW Sydney. Further information on this is available from https://research.unsw.edu.au/graduate-research 

• International students may apply, but priority will be given to local students or international students already in Australia, due to COVID-related travel restrictions. This scholarship does not cover international student tuition, and any international student would need to secure a tuition fee scholarship or have other means of covering international student tuition fees. 

What does this scholarship provide? 

• This scholarship provides an Australian tax-free living stipend at the Australian government Research Training Program rate, currently $28,597 per annum, for 3 years with a possible extension of 6 months. Students based at Neuroscience Research Australia are also eligible for a $5,000 per annum ‘top-up’ scholarship. 

Questions? 

Contact Professor Lynne Bilston L.Bilston@neura.edu.au or Dr Thomas Whyte T.Whyte@neura.edu.au.

Scholarship for PhD: 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 develops novel upper airway 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 scholarship for a full-time PhD student for this research project.  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 a scholarship of $30,000 pa for up to 3 years.

Essential criteria

  • Honours / Masters degree in biological/medical science or related discipline or postgraduate training in Sleep Medicine (FRACP or post-graduate diploma)
  • Candidate must meet the UNSW admission requirements for the Higher Degree Research;
  • 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 bring their own scholarship and be located in Australia for the time being due to pandemic travel restrictions.

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 viewed 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. 

Closing date: 18th August 2021

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.


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