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.

Career Opportunities




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

Genetic Counsellor

This new translational genetic counselling position in genomics has been created to organise the GenomeConnect transition of care clinics at Children’s Hospital Westmead/Liverpool under the supervision of clinical geneticists. GenomeConnect is a clinical academic group supported by the multi-institution Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE). The successful applicant will be a key member for this new health initiative and will provide comprehensive genetic counselling and clinic support. This role will involve the development of documentation for genomic care in NSW, the maintenance of clinical records, and facilitation of genomic testing. The successful applicant will receive, screen and triage referrals, provide support and arrange contact with genetic support services and co-ordinate multidisciplinary team attendance in the transition of care genomic clinics. There will also be opportunities for training in genomic analysis.

This role will involve liaison with the senior executive of GenomeConnect in project management, contribution to regular genomic meetings and education sessions, and the development of teaching modules involving genomic testing for colleagues and students. Liaison with genomic laboratories and the promotion of the role of genomics in rare disorders and transition of care will be part of this role. The writing of case reports and other research studies related to the clinic will be encouraged.

This position is an 0.6 FTE at Level 4 equivalent for three years from commencement, and will be based between Westmead and Liverpool Hospitals as a secondment from Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA). NeuRA is an international leader in brain and nervous system research with goals to identify the causes and cures for neurological and psychiatric diseases. Additional genomic training opportunities will be based at the Sydney Children’s Hospital campus and NSW Health Pathology Randwick.

Selection criteria:

  • An undergraduate degree in a non-medical discipline with a post graduate qualification in genetic counselling and either part 2 HGSA certification or equivalent experience or qualification
  • Experience in complex project management and research data collection
  • Excellent organisational and interpersonal skills
  • High levels of computer literacy
  • Advanced decision making and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work effectively within a team
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and show initiative
  • Insights and/or experience in medical genomics desirable

For enquiries and position description, please contact: A/Prof Tony Roscioli – t.roscioli@neura.edu.au.

Please send your CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria to: hr@neura.edu.au.

Closing: Friday 11 May 2018

PhD Project / Scholarship

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is an international leader in brain and nervous system research, and endeavours to find the causes of and cures for neurological and psychiatric diseases. An exciting opportunity has arisen for a 3 year PhD scholarship within a new and dynamic team working in dementia prevention and based in Sydney across the University of New South Wales School of Psychology and Neuroscience Research Australia. The scholarship is in the field of dementia risk reduction and the project may focus on measuring and identifying risk factors, methods of assessing risk factors and/or approaches to risk reduction in the fields of cognitive ageing, cognitive decline and the development of dementia. There will be opportunities for the successful candidate to develop and refine research objectives in collaboration with the supervisory team. Applicants must have strong statistical skills or an interest in developing such skills.

For this opportunity, you must be an Australian citizen or have Permanent Residency, with First Class Honours in psychology, epidemiology or a related area. A Master’s degree in one of the above fields would be advantageous.

The stipend offered $32,082 per annum.

Applicants should submit their CV, academic transcript and a covering letter, including full contact details of two referees (at least one academic), to Professor Kaarin Anstey (k.anstey@neura.edu.au)

Research Assistant

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), located in Sydney Australia, is an international leader in brain and nervous system research.  Through laboratory and clinical research its goal is to find the causes of and cures for neurological and psychiatric diseases.

We are looking for a full or part-time Research Assistant to work on a randomised controlled trial of an interactive step training to reduce falls in people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) or i-FIMS (intervention to reduce falls in multiple sclerosis). This study is investigating the efficacy of a 6-month home-based step training (performing stepping games on a computerised stepping mat) to improve balance, cognitive skills and prevent falls in people with MS aged 18 or over. The successful applicant will be based in Blackburn at the Nerve Centre, Melbourne, but will be in close communication with Sydney-based Professor Stephen Lord, Dr Phu Hoang and Dr Jasmine Menant. The appointment is for one year with the possibility of continued employment for a second year. Salary will commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Duties include: participant recruitment; assessment of physical and cognitive function (lower limb strength, balance, gait, upper limb dexterity, cognitive function and falls efficacy); data entry; installation (and pick up) of stepping mat equipment in the homes of intervention participants; basic troubleshooting of step mat equipment.

Essential criteria

  • Degree in exercise science, exercise physiology, physiotherapy or a related discipline
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Proven ability to work independently
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a car

Desirable criteria:

  • Experience working with people with MS or other motor impairment
  • Clinical trial research experience

Position description here.

For further information about the position, please contact: Dr Jasmine Menant, j.menant@neura.edu.au Tel: 02 93991267 OR Dr Phu Hoang, MS Consultant, MSL, E: phu.hoang@ms.org.au; Tel: 02 96460686

To apply please send your CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria to Dr Jasmine Menant, j.menant@neura.edu.au.

Closing: Friday 18 May 2018



Finance Officer (Accounts Payable)

Reporting to the Senior Finance Manager & Company Secretary, the role provides support to the Finance Team, primarily in the accounts payable function, but will also require a person willing to undertake reconciliations, run reports, prepare journals (payroll) under supervision. The key focus of the position is to ensure correct coding and processing of payments in the General Ledger – this involves processing purchase orders and invoices and making timely payments; monthly reconciliations, working within due dates and payment terms.  The role is also required to provide monthly creditor outstanding reports; prepare payroll and credit card journals, conduct reconciliations, report on accruals, expenditure and petty cash.  This role will be required to respond to general finance and supplier enquiries.

The core competencies and experience required for this role include:

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in an Accounts Payable role
  • Experience processing purchase orders
  • Experience in preparing reconciliations and journals
  • Well organised and ability to work autonomously, with high level supervision
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office suite
  • Experience in Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains is preferred
  • Communicative and flexible
  • High attention to detail
  • Ability to adapt to new systems, processes and change.

Position description here.

For enquires please contact Tim Flynn t.flynn@neura.edu.au.

Please apply HERE via Seek. Your application should include your CV and cover letter addressing the core competencies, and quoting Ref: AP.

Only candidates with Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency will be considered for the role.

Closing: Monday 28 May 2018

Senior Finance Manager & Company Secretary (4-5 Year Fixed Term)

Reporting to the Chief Operations Officer, the role is a hands-one and high level, leading the Finance Team through significant change.  The role will support four company units under the Group, the Mindgardens Alliance, NeuRA, NeuRA Foundation and Schizophrenia Research Institute, with a combined turnover of over $30M. The Key Areas of Responsibility are: Team Leadership, providing support to the Board and Council; Budgets and Reports; Audits (Internal & External); overseeing Policies & Procedures; of all finance functions, Insurances and Fixed Assets.

The core competencies and experience required for this role include:

  • Tertiary Qualifications in Accounting
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in senior finance management role
  • Professional Membership (e.g. Certified Practicing Accountants or Chartered Accountants)
  • Experience in process and systems improvement
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office suite
  • Strong stakeholder management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Organised with the ability to lead a team effectively through change and bed down new processes
  • Experience in Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains is preferred.

Position description here.

For enquires please contact Kate Johnston k.johnston@neura.edu.au.

Please apply HERE via Seek. Your application should include your CV and cover letter addressing the core competencies, quoting Ref: A 20.

Only candidates with Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency will be considered for the role.

Closing: Monday 28 May 2018

Clinical Governance Coordinator

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), located in Sydney Australia, is an international leader in brain and nervous system research.  Through laboratory and clinical research its goal is to find the causes of and cures for neurological and psychiatric diseases.

The role will assist the COO with the oversight of clinical governance at NeuRA and support researchers conducting clinical trials by (a) putting in place structures and processes to streamline regulatory aspects of trials, (b) monitoring legislative compliance, and (c) assisting researchers conducting clinics and clinical trials at NeuRA to meet their obligations to clinic patients, trial participants, funding sources and regulatory authorities. This fixed term appointment is for 12 months initially.

Essential criteria:

  • Familiarity with all aspects of clinical trials governance in Australia.
  • Experience in providing oversight from a legislative perspective for small low-risk to large higher risk clinical trials including Phase II and Phase III trials.
  • Bachelor of Nursing/Science or relevant higher qualification or 3-5 years’ experience in clinical research trials and/or clinics.
  • Prior experience in implementing measures to ensure adherence to clinical trials legislation and appropriate best practice clinical governance.
  • Experience in process and systems improvement in a clinical or research environment.

Desirable criteria:

  • A qualification in Health Management or Clinical Research Coordination or equivalent.

Position description here.

For enquires please contact Kate Johnston k.johnston@neura.edu.au.

Please apply HERE via Seek. Your application should include your CV and cover letter addressing the core competencies. 

Only candidates with Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency will be considered for the role.

Closing: Monday 9 July 2018

Senior Executive Officer - Mindgardens Alliance

The Mindgardens Alliance is a newly established partnership organisation comprising the Black Dog Institute, Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) and UNSW Sydney (UNSW). The aim of the Alliance is to create a centre of excellence in research, education and care for brain disorders, mental health and drug and alcohol problems.

Reporting to Prof Helen Christensen and Prof Peter Schofield, the Co-CEOs of the Mindgardens Alliance, the Senior / Executive Officer will be required to work with stakeholders of the Alliance to establish, develop and implement strategic and operational plans and policy for the Mindgardens Alliance. A presence at each of the partner organisations will form an important part of this exciting and challenging inaugural role.

The position will provide effective general management of operational and administrative systems, processes and projects ensuring compliance with both partner and external legislative/regulatory policies and procedures and will provide administrative support to the Executive Committee and Board of the Alliance.

Main duties include:

  • Coordinating the executive work plan, key performance indicators and budget
  • Coordinate and prepare reports on Alliance activities
  • Provide high-level advice and executive support and assistance to the Co-CEOs, including providing secretariat support
  • Manage the flow of material, correspondence and information to and from the Co-CEOs Office
  • Maintain knowledge of internal and sector wide issues affecting management of the Alliance
  • Draft planning and discussion documents for the Co-CEOs when required
  • Prepare submissions to other parties within and external to the organisation on behalf of the Co-CEOs
  • Liaison with external stakeholders to further the goals and objectives of the Alliance
  • Draft internal communications and briefings for external meetings on behalf of the Co-CEOs
  • Manage and communicate business establishment and change

Essential criteria:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications and extensive previous experience in a senior executive support role
  • Demonstrated skills in strategic and operations planning to achieve organisational strategic objectives
  • Excellent interpersonal, consultation and negotiation skills
  • Previous experience as a change agent, proven ability to motivate and persuade others, to identify the need for change and to lead new initiatives, including externally generated changes
  • High level administration, organisational and management skills
  • Demonstrated capability in the management of financial, budgeting and reporting systems
  • Experience providing strategic and operational secretariat support to senior level committees, boards or other executive meetings

Desirable criteria:

  • Experience in the independent medical research institute, university or health sector is highly desirable

Position description here.

For enquires only please contact Dr Kate Johnston k.johnston@neura.edu.au or Nicole Cockayne n.cockayne@blackdog.org.auPlease do not send applications directly to either contact person.

Please apply HERE via Seek. Your application should include your resume and cover letter addressing the essential criteria. 

Only candidates with a valid visa will be considered for the role.

Closing: Monday 25 June 2018