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


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.


Foundation Positions


Operations Positions

Workplace Health and Safety Coordinator

About the Role

A brand new position has been created for a full time Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) Coordinator to join our medical research institute. Reporting to the Administration and Compliance Manager, this integral position will oversee and coordinate all aspects of workplace health and safety compliance. The role will focus initially on setting up NeuRA’s Safety Management System and progress its roll out. The position works closely with all internal stakeholders to support and foster a safe and healthy working environment and to ensure statutory obligations and duties are met.
In addition, key responsibilities will include the coordination of research compliance activities, providing guidance, advice and training where needed, ensuring the smooth running of the WHS function at NeuRA working towards streamlined efficiency from both a research and an administrative perspective.

About You

Qualifications essential for this role include a relevant degree in WHS with substantial experience or equivalent competency gained through any other combination of relevant education, training and/or experience. You will also need a detailed working understanding of WHS principles, legislation, codes of practice and standards relating to the research environment.
The successful candidate must have a wide breath of detailed knowledge of WHS as it applies to medical research and clinical environments. For further details please review our Position Description as outlined below.

To apply

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

Position Description

The position description is available for download

Closing date 29 July 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 and present.