Employment and Scholarships

NeuRA is committed to recruiting, training and retaining students, researchers and staff of the highest calibre. If you are interested in a career or studying at NeuRA, please review the information and list of opportunities below.

For general enquiries please contact hr@neura.edu.au

Career Opportunities


Research


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

PhD Projects / Scholarships - Centre of Research Excellence in Neurocognitive Disorders (CRE-NCD)

Neurocognitive Disorders (NCDs) are one of the largest unmet challenges in health care, due to their lifelong nature, high management costs, prevalence and frequent recurrence within families. The development of effective therapies has been hampered by the heterogeneity in the underlying genetic aetiologies, and hence biology, of NCD. A dynamic Centre of Research Excellence in Neurocognitive Disorders (CRE-NCD) has been established to transform the diagnosis and characterization of NCD through the application of genomic technologies, including whole exome sequencing (WES) and whole genome sequencing (WGS). This will be achieved through a co-ordinated network of experienced clinicians and researchers to enhance fundamental knowledge about the genetic basis of neurocognition and the investigation of targeted treatment strategies in relation to biological pathways. This program will achieve its goals through a national approach with improvements in clinical phenotyping, genomic diagnostics, common data analysis and reporting standards. The aim is that within the next 5 years, all Australians with NCDs will have access to genomic testing, achieving a diagnosis in >50%. A molecular diagnosis with an accurate genotype-phenotype classification is essential for defining an aetiology for families, improving patient management, predicting recurrence risk, and for the successful design of targeted therapeutics. The CRE-NCD team comprises researchers and clinicians with internationally recognised leadership and track records in neurogenetics research, genomics, bioinformatics, functional analysis, health economics and clinical practice.

Several PhD projects are available through the CRE-NCD for highly motivated scientists or physicians across Australia. Desirable qualifications and skills include medical graduates or first class Honours degree (or equivalent) in Biomedical Science, Neuroscience, Genetics or related field with particular skills relevant to the PhD project (molecular biology, cell biology, economics, bioinformatics, clinical phenotyping).

To view ALL available project vacancies, click here.

The Genomics of intellectual disability (ID) – NeuRA, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 

This project will apply massively parallel sequencing, the development of bioinformatics tools and functional validation in families with ID. The workpages in the PhD will include (1) definition of the broad clinical phenotyping and molecular mechanisms in a retrospectively and prospectively selected population with neurocognitive disorders of at least 200 families (2) exploration non-coding and CNV mechanisms (3) study of non-coding mechanisms in detail through intersection with ENCODE data in WGS studies where WES has not defined an aetiology (4) the identification of novel Mendelian disease genes with follow-up animal and functional studies. Phenotypes relating to specific mutations will be sought in iPS cells and an initial study on variable expressivity and non-penetrance will be performed in families with recurrent mutations that do not always result in neurocognitive disorders. Non-penetrance mechanisms will be sought in specific syndromes by including interrogation of divergent CNV’s proximate to the known gene locus or relating to more distant functional elements.

The stipend offered is $27,200 per annum plus laboratory support over 3 years for relevant projects.

Enquiries to: Associate Professor Tony Roscioli (tony.roscioli@health.nsw.gov.au) and Dr Carey-Anne Evans (c.evans@neura.edu.au)

Applicants should submit their CV and a one page expression of interest to: Dr Carey-Anne Evans (c.evans@neura.edu.au). An interview process will follow for successful applicants.

Closing: Open until filled

NSW Falls Network - Project Officer

  • Generous not-for-profit salary packaging and benefits provided

The NSW Falls Prevention Network aims to contribute to the prevention of falls and harm from falls among older people through supporting consultation, cooperation and liaison between those involved in falls prevention and to provide the latest fall prevention research evidence, information and resources to support falls prevention practice and policy.

The NSW Falls Prevention Network and NeuRA is seeking a highly motivated individual to take on the role of Project Officer for the network.

Key Role and responsibilities

Support networking of professionals and others who have a role in falls prevention among older people (e.g. health professionals, government, community and residential aged care providers, non-government organisations) through information provided on the Falls Network website, email listserv and bimonthly Falls Links newsletter and social marketing and social media. Support Local Health District Falls Coordinators and the work of the NSW Falls Prevention Program, Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC).

Organise falls prevention forums/rural forums/webinars to highlight latest research, to showcase initiatives in falls prevention within NSW Health and other organisations, and to build networks between people working to support falls prevention within NSW.

Support dissemination of research evidence and falls prevention initiatives taking place within NSW and Australia to Network members through the e-mail listserv, Falls Links e-newsletter and website.

Provide activity reports to and support the NSW Falls Prevention Network Advisory Committee.

Provide regular reports of activity and expenditure to the CEC.

Support sharing of resources developed and exploration of opportunities to combine resources in joint initiatives such as collaborative projects.

Key selection Criteria:

  • A background in health care
  • Demonstrated organisational skills and ability to work to deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and within a team
  • Excellent oral and verbal communication skills including networking skills
  • Excellent writing skills including report writing
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office and Adobe suite

Desirable but not essential selection criteria:

  • Experience in social marketing and social media platforms
  • Experience in managing a website
  • Knowledge or experience in older people’s health
  • Experience in organising large meetings/forums
  • Willingness to travel for rural forums

If you require more information or a confidential discussion about the position, please contact Linda Roylance at l.roylance@neura.edu.au.

To Apply

To apply for this position please submit CV and cover letter addressing the criteria to Linda Roylance at l.roylance@neura.edu.au.

Position Description (PDF) can be downloaded here

EEO statements

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.

Closing date: Saturday 31 August 2019

Research Assistant

The focus of the Schizophrenia Research Laboratory is on the molecular and cellular changes during normal human brain development and in the brains of people with schizophrenia.  We employ a variety of techniques including histology, cell culture, animal models and molecular genetics.  Our goal is to uncover the underlying neurodevelopmental basis for schizophrenia in molecular terms including neurotransmitter systems, neuroinflammation, hormone receptors and growth factors.  We are examining blood biomarkers and genetic associations in schizophrenia.  We aim to discover novel treatments and biomarkers of treatment response.

This position will support histology and general postmortem research projects. Duties will include the preparation of postmortem brain tissue; performing laboratory experiments measuring mRNA, protein with a focus on slide-based techniques such as in situ hybridisation, RNAScope, immunohistochemistry (DAB and fluorescence; scanning, sampling and analyses of film and slide-based experiments with an emphasis on photomicroscopy and molecular quantitation via confocal, epi-fluorescent and light microscopes; evaluate and write up data results for lab data management system, conference presentations or manuscript publications.

Essential criteria: Bachelor degree with honours in neuroscience, neurobiology, biomedical science or related; experience in histological techniques with knowledge of brain neuroanatomy desirable; experience with microscopy and quantitation software; working knowledge of molecular biology and chemistry.

How to apply

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  

For more information or a confidential discussion, please contact Inara Bebris: 02 9399 1745 / i.bebris@neura.edu.au

Closing date: 5PM, Friday 13th September 2019

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

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.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

The focus of the Schizophrenia Research Laboratory is on the molecular and cellular changes during normal human brain development and in the brains of people with schizophrenia.  We employ a variety of techniques including histology, cell culture, animal models and molecular genetics.  Our goal is to uncover the underlying neurodevelopmental basis for schizophrenia in molecular terms including schizophrenia susceptibility genes, neuroinflammation, hormone receptors and growth factors. A key aspect of our focus is understanding how these molecular interactions can develop better treatments for those with schizophrenia.

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

We are seeking a Neuroscientist with background and training in molecular biology, immunology and genetics, including the theories, principles and methods used is required.

Essential Criteria

  • PhD in Neuroscience or equivalent
  • Interest in schizophrenia and/or psychiatric research
  • Experience working with murine, non-human primate, human brain tissue and neuroimmunology.

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience in any of the following: a background in molecular neurobiology, neurochemistry, developmental neurobiology, or neuroanatomy.

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 addressing the selection criteria via seek.com.au

For more information or a confidential chat about the role, please contact Inara Bebris: i.bebris@neura.edu.au / (02) 9399 1745

Position Description (PDF) can be downloaded here

Please note that applications will not be accepted via other mediums i.e. email  

Closing date: 5PM Friday 13th December 2019

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.

Clinical Bioinformatician

Full time, fixed term contract for two years

  • World class research facilities based in Randwick
  • Apply your bioinformatics skills in a clinical setting
  • Competitive salary and benefits available

We are seeking a skilled Bioinformatician interested in applying their skills in a clinical setting to support the molecular genetics laboratory, Mackenzie’s Mission and CRE-NCD

About us

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 NSW Health Pathology Randwick Genetics Laboratory is one of the major Australian centres for genetic diagnostics, providing a comprehensive genome diagnostic service in a consultative pathology context. The laboratory is recognised as a training site by both the HGSA and RCPA for advanced training in laboratory genetics for both scientific and medical personnel. NSW Health Pathology Randwick Genetics Laboratory has held continuous accreditation from NATA/RCPA since 1988, providing testing compliant with the ISO 15189 and ISO 9001 Standards and NPAAC Requirements.

Mackenzie’s Mission is a large-scale reproductive carrier screening pilot study which will screen 10,000 couples across Australia for ~500 rare and debilitating genetic disorders including spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), fragile X syndrome and cystic fibrosis (CF).

The CRE in Neurocognitive Disorders (CRE-NCD), based at NeuRA, is a five year-funded NHMRC centre that aims to transform the diagnosis and management of intellectual disability (also known as neurocognitive disorders) through whole exome sequencing (WES), whole genome sequencing (WGS), transcriptomic and methylation analysis.

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

The role

This position will support the molecular genetics laboratory, Mackenzie’s Mission and the CRE-NCD by assisting with clinical cloud-based bioinformatics requirements for the analysis of next generation sequencing (NGS) data, implementation and maintenance of bioinformatics pipelines around design, performance, validation and quality control. The clinically targeted NGS panels, exomes or genomes and bioinformatics pipelines require embedded bioinformatic expertise. NGS data analysis using computer programming and Unix-based servers is required. This is also largely a development role, so experience with front-end and back-end development and  working with Amazon Web Services is desirable The successful candidate will be working closely with wet lab scientists, clinicians, pathologists, genomic analysts, and other bioinformaticians/software developers.

We are seeking an experienced and motivated development Bioinformatician interested in applying their skills in a clinical setting and able to work both independently and as part of a team. This is a full time position for two years.

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 further information about this opportunity, please review the position description or contact us for a confidential discussion.

Contact name: Associate Professor Tony Roscioli (Tony.Roscioli@health.nsw.gov.au) or Professor Edwin Kirk (Edwin.kirk@health.nsw.gov.au)

Position Description (PDF) can be downloaded 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: 5PM Thursday 12th December 2019

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.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Research Fellow

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 role of Research Fellow Statistician will have qualifications in epidemiology, statistics or psychological methods, experience with multilevel modelling, epidemiological datasets and ideally big data techniques. The Research Fellow will work on an NHMRC Funded Project on Dementia Risk Reduction. The application will work collaboratively within the Centre at NeuRA/UNSW and other collaborating institutions. 

About the role

Under the broad direction of the Professor Anstey the Fellow will:

  • Statistical modelling of longitudinal datasets and collaborative cohort studies related to ageing to support research programs.
  • Critically appraise current research and methodologies in psychology, epidemiology and trials of behavioural interventions, and conduct meta-analyses.
  • Independently design and undertake research projects using population-based and linked datasets.
  • Undertake data analysis and apply advanced statistical techniques to large, complex datasets.
  • Supervise research and/or data analysis performed by other team members.
  • Independently develop strategies to ensure effective and efficient research management.
  • Prepare research grant proposals, tenders for commissioned research, scientific papers, protocols and conference abstracts.
  • Contribute to co-supervision of graduate and honours students.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

Selection criteria

  1. Postgraduate degree in biostatistics, epidemiology or psychological methods
  2. Demonstrated experience in conducting quantitative analysis of health and longitudinal datasets.
  3. Demonstrated expertise in multilevel modelling, meta-analysis, and/or machine learning highly desirable.
  4. Expertise in and capacity to develop skills in causal inference and predictive modelling.
  5. Capacity to mentor junior staff and students in statistical analysis techniques.
  6. Capacity and willingness to develop new skills
  7. Evidence of an emerging track record in publication, and capacity to obtain competitive or contract research funding.
  8. Capacity to co-supervise graduate and honours students.
  9. Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.
  10. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team and independently with people from diverse backgrounds.
  11. A demonstrated understanding of equal opportunity principles and polices and a commitment to their application in a university/research institution context.

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.

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

How to apply

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

See full position description (PDF) 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 13th December 2019

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.


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