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 Assistant

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is a leading independent, not-for-profit medical research institute whose vision is to prevent, treat 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.

Professor James McAuley is the Director of the Centre for Pain IMPACT at NeuRA. The Centre’s research combines experimental, clinical and translational methods to develop and test new interventions for chronic pain. Prof McAuley is seeking a full-time Research Assistant to work on MEMOIR, a Commonwealth Government funded clinical trial for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). CRPS is a rare and disabling pain disorder that affects approximately 5,000 Australians annually. There are currently no effective treatments for CRPS.

The Research Assistant will work closely with the MEMOIR Trial Manager and will be involved in the day-to-day management of the trial. The Research Assistant will be the primary contact for trial participants, will conduct participant screening for trial eligibility, and should be available for contact during possible out of hours phone calls. The role requires close liaison with internal trial members (medical team and trial clinicians) and external contractors (drug and device manufacturers, warehouses and courier companies).

The Research Assistant will manage the online database system, REDCap and will conduct regular checks for the Trial Manager and Medical Monitor. The Research Assistant will ensure trial protocol and safety compliance are being adhered to, data quality and study conduct are in line with ethical standards, and Good Clinical Practice guidelines are being adhered to.

The Research Assistant will assist the Trial Manager with recruitment strategies and ensure recruitment deadlines are being met. The Research Assistant will undertake other tasks necessary for the successful completion of the trial.

For more information about the trial, visit: https://www.neura.edu.au/project/memoir-a-clinical-trial-for-complex-regional-pain-syndrome/

Requirements:

  • Degree in related discipline, health background desirable (e.g. nursing, medicine)
  • Research assistance experience in clinical trials desirable, but not essential
  • Computer skills including word processing and database management, REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) experience desirable
  • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to work effectively and flexibly in a team environment

To apply

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

A position description can be downloaded here

Closing date: 08 April 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.

Group Facilitator EOI - Clinical Research Trial, Early Stage Dementia

 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 seeking an individual with knowledge and experience of working with people with dementia to work as a group facilitator on an international clinical research trial. This research is looking to investigate the effectiveness of an online group intervention for people with early-stage dementia and an e-learning for care partners. This project is in collaboration with the UK and Norway, the team in Australia is led by Prof Kaarin J. Anstey. The group facilitator will co-facilitate a weekly, 2-hour group session made up of 4 research participants with early-stage dementia and 1 other facilitator. The groups look to teach problem-solving, symptom management, healthy lifestyle and skills to adapt to and manage living with dementia. The group facilitator will be expected to follow a facilitator manual to deliver a standardised intervention, whilst also being able to respond to the individual experiences of participants. Please see below for the complete selection criteria. 

Work will be on an ad hoc basis, ranging from 2.5 hours to 10 hours per week. 

For enquires please contact: j.amos@neura.edu.au 

Please send your application to: r.eramudugolla@unsw.edu.au 

Closing: Monday 05th April.


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: 5th April 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.


Foundation Positions

Communications Officer

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. NeuRA has world-class research facilities and is based at Randwick in Sydney.

About the Role

The Communications Officer role (Part-time 3 days per week) reports into the Communications and PR Manager and works closely with the Senior Media Communications Officer.

The Communications Officer manages and facilitates NeuRA’s digital presence through social media channels and the website, with the twin aims of further establishing NeuRA’s position as a leader in neuroscience research and also supporting fundraising.

In addition, this role will help to optimise SEO and Google Ad Words traffic, as well as providing general media and communications support to a small, dynamic communications team of 3.

Responsibilities for the role include:

  • Deliver the agreed social media strategy to grow and engage NeuRA’s supporter base online and enhance our online presence
  • Develop and prepare all social media content as per the agreed social media calendar as well as engaging with supporters in a timely and personalised fashion
  • Provide services to Fundraising Managers to help elicit support and donations or meet relationship deliverables
  • Website updates as requested by researchers or Foundation staff, including uploading media releases to ensure website content is current and relevant
  • Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with both internal and external customers
  • Work closely with the Senior Media Communications Officer to ensure consistency of message and brand on all campaigns
  • Support the broader Communications and PR Team where appropriate

To excel in this role you will:

  • 1-2 years’ experience in a PR, marketing or digital environment, preferably within the not-for-profit sector
  • Entry-level skills in desktop publishing / graphic design programs such as Canva, InDesign, Photoshop etc.
  • Entry-level skills in social media management tools
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, with an eye for identifying newsworthy story angles
  • Experience with social media content development and management as well as engagement
  • Have a can-do attitude and be able to work independently
  • Have an ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects to deadline
  • Have excellent attention to detail

To apply

To apply, submit your CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria via Seek.

Full Position Description can be downloaded here.

Closing date: 11:59pm on Friday, 23 April 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.

Administration and Database Coordinator - 3 days per week

  • World-class medical research institute
  • Help conquer and cure brain and nervous system disease and disorder affecting millions
  • Become a key member of a dynamic team

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. NeuRA has world-class research facilities and is based at Randwick in Sydney.

About the Role

Reporting to the Direct Marketing and CRM manager, the CRM Specialist is responsible for helping coordinate the administrative functions of the Foundation to ensure quality and timely communications with our donors and provide the Foundation team with resources and support to reduce the time spent on administration and reporting activities.

Responsibilities for the role include:

  • Be the first point of contact for the Foundation and provide great customer service for donors by assisting with all enquiries, questions and complaints.
  • Coordinate the end-to-end process of opening and sorting mail (during peak times this may be done by casual staff or volunteers under supervision), data-entering, producing banking, receipting and thanking existing supporters and donors in a timely, accurate and efficient manner.
  • Continuously review the administrative activities with the Foundation and use the technologies available to maximise the donor experience and minimise staff time spent on admin functions.

To excel in this role you will

  • Demonstrably high level of competence in using Raiser’s Edge 7 and NXT or similar CRM systems.
  • Experience in coordinating administration and associated tasks in a fundraising, marketing or sales environment
  • Self-motivated with good, positive communication skills and a proven commitment to delivering excellent customer service to all supporters

Highly regarded

  • Experience working in research, medical and/or health related environments
  • Tertiary qualifications in data, business analysis or IT

To apply

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

Full Position Description (PDF) can be downloaded here.

Closing date: 12 May 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

Facilities, Engineering and Building Services 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 Facility, Engineering and Building Services Manager with the oversight of the Facilities at NeuRA and support researchers and staff by ensuring a smooth daily operation and maintenance of NeuRA buildings, building and scientific services and other physical assets.

The role will assist the Facility, Engineering and Building Services Manager to (see position description for more details):

  • Effectively and efficiently managing engineering maintenance service operations within approved budgets; ensure compliance with prescribed standards and achieve maintenance and project deadlines.
  • Manage site maintenance activities performed by facilities team and approved compliant contractors; ensure the competency and technical knowledge of the team are aligned with their assigned tasks; that tasks assigned are completed and meet defined service levels.
  • Undertake assigned maintenance activities. Ensure all forms of maintenance records are fully maintained and up to date.
  • Manage and supervise the work of contracted service providers to ensure it is completed correctly and on time.
  • Recommend capital equipment upgrades and refurbishment requirements.
  • Familiarity with all aspects of clinical trials governance in Australia.

Essential criteria (see position description for more details):

  • Extensive proven experience and knowledge of the following systems and architecture:
    • Building Management Control Systems (BMCS)
    • Building Freezer Monitoring Systems
    • Building Access Control and CCTV Systems
  • Work experience in medical research / health sector is highly desirable.
  • Extensive relevant experience and management expertise in technical or administrative fields, or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
  • A relevant trade qualification with at least 5 years of subsequent relevant experience or equivalent combination of experience and education background.

Appointment to this position requires proof of qualifications. Certified copies of the required information must be provided prior to the commencement of duties.

The position description can be downloaded here.

Enquiries to: Ryan Kolster r.kolster@neura.edu.au

Application: Send CV & Cover Letter via Seek ONLY.

Only candidates holding Australian citizenship or permanent residency will be considered for the role.

Closing: Wednesday April 14th, 2021.

DevOps Engineer

This is a part time position working within the NeuRA IT Team on a fixed term contract.

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

If you enjoy a challenging role that will draw on all aspects of your expertise, then this job is perfect for you. We are looking for a highly skilled DevOps Engineer that is able to think quickly and come up with novel approaches to help build robust solutions for scientific platforms.

Position Summary

You will be working with the Australian Imaging Service (AIS) cross-institutional team to create a common medical imaging informatics platform.

This will involve building an imaging repository and data management service and creating a common set of processing tools for use at NeuRA and within the AIS affiliated institutions.

You will need to be someone that thrives in a dynamic and agile environment and can adapt quickly to new technologies. You need to be a self-sufficient, independent thinker and problem solver whilst working within a distributed team.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively with the AIS developer teams
    • Attendance at planning and development meetings
    • Submit code to the AIS github repository
    • Contribute to AIS discussions and working groups using collaborative tools
    • Contribute well written documentation of all processes and tools.
  • Ensure stability and efficiency of hosting platforms and infrastructure by automated testing and monitoring.
  • Build and implement solutions, work on new container infrastructure rollouts.
  • Build and improve CI/CD pipelines, automation and operations.
  • Enhance security controls with DevOps best-practices.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Proven experience working in software development roles
  • Experience with Python and web technologies
  • Experience with Linux administration, including both on-premises and cloud server administration
  • Experience with shell scripting, CI/CD tools such as gitlab, jenkins
  • Experience in containerisation and orchestration (Docker, Kubernetes)
  • Experience in kubectl, helm, infrastructure-as-code
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced project environment and turn around deliverables quickly

Desirable

  • Exposure to imaging tools and technologies (XNAT, DICOM, PACS, OsiriX, dcmtk)
  • Familiarity with monitoring tools and services (e.g. the ELK stack / Prometheus)

Why Work at NeuRA?

  • Work with latest technologies and contribute to novel medical research
  • Generous salary packaging options
  • Great dynamic team
  • Have considerable responsibility and direct input to the direction of the project

To apply

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

Full Position Description (PDF) can be downloaded here.

Closing date: 29 April 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.