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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.

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.

Positions Available


The recent merger of the Schizophrenia Research Institute and NeuRA has created an opportunity to expand the Schizophrenia Research Program. With support from the NeuRA Discovery Fund, which aims to attract and support the best and brightest leaders in priority areas of neuroscience research, the Institute has created a new position of Research Group Leader who will be able to develop and lead an independent and innovative schizophrenia research program, and build on the strengths of NeuRA and its partners for increased impact.

The successful candidate will have a strong and innovative, continuing research track record in undertaking either laboratory or clinical research that will broadly address one or both of the key objectives of the Schizophrenia Research Program:
– Identification of the causes of schizophrenia, or
– Identifying new treatment options for schizophrenia

Reporting to the Institute CEO, the appointee will
– Hold a PhD or MBBS/MD with at least five years’ additional research experience
– Hold a competitive Australian research fellowship (such as NHMRC Career Development Fellowship or higher) or be competitive for such a fellowship over the duration of the appointment
– Be an internationally recognised leader in their research field specialising in schizophrenia

The NeuRA Discovery Fund provides a flexible package of support over five years to fund the appointment and to support their activity. The appointment is for an initial period of five years with the possibility of extension.
Applications must comprise:
– a full Curriculum Vitae,
– statement systematically addressing the selection criteria
– brief outline of proposed research agenda (1-2 pages)
– nomination of 3-5 referees (these will not be contacted until later in the process)
To obtain the selection criteria and for a confidential discussion candidates should contact the search firm assisting NeuRA on this important appointment: Dr Rosalind De Sailly via email at Complete applications received via email at will be considered from end of September until an appointment is made.


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

Prof. George Paxinos belongs to the Brain Structure and Function theme at NeuRA, and has produced a series of mammalian brain atlases that have become international standards for neuroanatomy. Most scientists working on the relationship between the brain and cognition, emotion, motivation and thought, including neurologic or psychiatric diseases, or animal models of these diseases, use Paxinos’ atlases and concepts of brain organisation. His Atlas The Rat Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates is the most cited work in neuroscience and the third most cited book in all of science. He currently holds an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellowship as well as 2 NHMRC project grants, and an NIH grant with Pavel Osten at Cold-Spring Harbour. He is also a chief investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function (CIBF,, which holds opportunities for networking and career development. His primary interest for the next 5 years is to create an MRI human brain atlas, in collaboration with Al Johnson at Duke University.

A 2-year position is available as a postdoctoral fellow/senior postdoctoral fellow, that will provide the opportunity to master the fine detail of mammalian brain anatomy under the supervision of Prof. Paxinos. The successful applicant’s research objective will be to assist with work on the MRI human brain atlas, but also to conduct independent research. This may be in the area of creating anatomical maps of the mouse, rat, marmoset and/or human brains using gene markers, immunohistochemistry and/or MR imaging. It may also be using techniques adopted by the Paxinos laboratory such as neurotracing or clearing methods (e.g. CLARITY) to investigate the characteristics of various nuclei and pathways. The successful applicant will be expected to attract and supervise new students through engagement with UNSW, and also to engage in CIBF activities and use this forum to develop new collaborations and disseminate research findings. Some funds are available for projects and travel through the CIBF.

Essential criteria: PhD or equivalent in a neuroscience field; a demonstrated outstanding capacity for neuroscience research; publications in international journals; knowledge of neuroanatomy and a strong collaborative attitude.

Desirable criteria: Expertise in small animal or human MRI; experience in brain mapping; previous supervision of honours and/or PhD students.

Enquiries and applications to: (+61 2) 9399 1097.

Closing: Friday 21 October, 2016

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