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

Project Manager

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

We are seeking an experienced Project Manager for a five year randomised controlled trial of behavioural interventions to improve driving safety in older adults. The study is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council. The Project Manager will assist in study set-up, ethics applications, trial registration, equipment purchase, develop trial manuals and procedures, conduct participant recruitment, train and supervise staff, and oversee data collection.

The Project Manager will manage timelines, coordinate team meetings, compile reports on study progress, liaise with study Investigators, national and international collaborators, and ensure data quality and study conduct in line with ethical standards and Good Clinical Practice. 

Essential Criteria

  • Honours degree in Psychology or equivalent
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills
  • Experience with data collection or managing research studies
  • Knowledge of human research ethics critical with a demonstrated interest in either driving or ageing research.

 Desirable Criteria 

  • Master’s degree or Honours
  • Knowledge of RCT methodology, cognitive testing and/or interest in cognitive and sensorimotor ageing

For enquires or a confidential chat, please contact, Prof Kaarin Anstey: k.anstey@neura.edu.au

Position Description can be downloaded here

Please apply via Seek.com.au, including your CV and cover letter addressing the criteria

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.

Applications closing: Friday 28 June 2019

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Risk Factors for Dementia & Incident 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.

A full-time postdoctoral research fellow position is available to work on an NHMRC funded project looking at the relationships between risk factors for dementia and incident dementia. The role includes analysis of longitudinal data sets, modelling and evidence synthesis. Specific projects will include modelling the impact of risk modification, and exposure. Experience or a very high level of aptitude for learning complex multivariate statistics is required. The application will work collaboratively within the Centre at NeuRA/UNSW and other collaborating institutions. 

Under the broad direction of the Dr Peters the Fellow will:

  • Design and deliver statistical analyses across multiple international longitudinal data sets
  • Organise the study databases and set up the different databases for analysis.
  • Take a leading role in the study delivery and data management
  • Aid in the regulatory aspects of the study and ensure its smooth running.
  • Generate and take an active role in drafting grant applications and manuscripts.
  • Plan, organise, attend and minute meetings as required.
  • Comply with all UNSW and NeuRA policies and procedures and in particular those relating to work health and safety and equal opportunity.
  • Perform other duties as consistent with the classification of the position and in line with the principles of multi-skilling.
  • Prepare and submit research ethics applications and trial registration, oversee participant recruitment, develop standard operating procedures, conduct staff training, staff supervision, project management and study quality control.
  • Prepare intervention materials for administration, implement random allocation, conduct qualitative observation of intervention groups, interview participants, oversee data collection and assessment of outcomes.
  • Liaise with national and international project partners to develop trial protocols and interventions. Coordinate meetings and working groups, assist with staff recruitment and appointments.
  • Manage research data in accordance with the requirements established by the Australian Research Council (ARC), the University of New South Wales, and other data providers.
  • Ensure hazards and risks are identified and controlled for tasks, projects and activities that pose a health and safety risk within your area of responsibility.
  • Implement the UNSW Health and safety management system within your area of responsibility.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

  1. Completion of a PhD in epidemiology or related area
  2. Demonstrated success in delivering research
  3. Excellent statistical skills including longitudinal modelling and familiarity with statistical packages including SPSS
  4. Proven ability to disseminate research and communicate effectively in a scientific setting, for example via poster, oral presentations or published manuscripts.
  5. Evidence of leadership skills commensurate with the level of the post
  6. Experience in liaising and working effectively with a range of academic and non-academic staff.
  7. Demonstrated excellent English oral and written communication skills, including the capacity to liaise with internal and external agencies, coordinate meetings, produce clear data and policy documentation, survey design, and research reports.
  8. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team and independently with people from diverse backgrounds.
  9. A demonstrated understanding of equal opportunity principles and polices and a commitment to their application in a university/research institution context.

Position Description can be downloaded here

For enquires and applications, please contact Dr Peters: r.peters@neura.edu.au

Please submit your CV and accompanying cover letter addressing the selection criteria to Dr Peters: r.peters@neura.edu.au

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.

Applications closing 15 May 2019.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Brain Biomarkers in Orofacial Pain

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

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full-time postdoctoral research fellow to work on a 5-year National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded study that seeks to investigate brain biomarkers in orofacial pain. This longitudinal project will involve data collection using brain imaging techniques in a human transitional pain model and in orofacial pain patients.

SELECTION CRITERIA: 

  • A PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g. neuroscience, psychology, pain science, health) and this will be paired with prior experience in brain imaging techniques (fMRI, EEG, TMS) and/or human pain neuroscience research.
  • Experience with large-scale longitudinal study designs, high-level statistics and/or machine learning approaches and programming (Matlab, R) would be desirable.
  • In addition, you will be able to demonstrate: a high level of initiative and self-reliance; high level communication skills; a collaborative approach to research; strong attention to detail; excellent organisational ability; and the ability to interpret experimental data to plan subsequent experiments and troubleshoot techniques.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 5 years. The total remuneration package will be $103,020 per annum with opportunity to increase. NeuRA offers competitive remuneration, including salary packaging options. 

The Position Description is available to download here

To apply

Applicants should submit their CV, academic transcript and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria, including full contact details of two referees (at least one academic), to Dr Siobhan Schabrun (s.schabrun@neura.edu.au)

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.

Applications closing: 5PM, Sunday 23rd June 2019

Research Assistant (Part-time)

Part time (21 hours per week), fixed term contract (12 months) 

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.

We seek a highly motivated Research Assistant with a background in psychology or clinical neuroscience. The Research Assistant will support research for a Dementia Australia funded Project investigating age-related hearing loss and cognitive function in older adults. The Research Assistant will be responsible for recruiting volunteer participants to the study, administering lab-based tests of hearing and cognitive function, and assist in meeting key research milestones for the project.

Under the supervision of Dr Kim Kiely, the successful applicant will:

  • Assist in the preparation of research materials (protocols, paper and web-based survey questionnaires).
  • Recruit participants and conduct consent interviews for community volunteers to participate in a study of older adult hearing and cognition.
  • Manage room booking and interview appointments for participants.
  • Conduct lab based interviews at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), including a self-report survey questionnaire, administration of tests of hearing (pure tone audiometry), and neurocognitive functioning.
  • Maintain paper and electronic data files, and manage research data in accordance with the requirements established by NeuRA and the University of New South Wales.
  • Assist with data cleaning, coding, and basic data analysis.
  • Participate in and contribute to meetings and other activities related to the research group as required.

Selection Criteria

Essential:

  • Degree with Honours in psychology, clinical neuroscience, or a related discipline.
  • Training and experience designing and administering structured interviews.
  • High-level interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and effectively as part of a research team with minimal supervision.
  • Knowledge of principles of ethical conduct of research.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

Desirable:

  • Experience administering standardised tests of hearing and neurocognitive function.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and interest in gerontology or life-course developmental psychology.
  • Experience working with members of the general public, including older adults.
  • Experience preparing questionnaires with survey platforms (e.g. Qualtrics or REDcap).

For more information or a confidential chat, please contact Dr Kim Kiely k.kiely@neura.edu.au(02) 9399 1154

Position Description can be downloaded here (PDF)

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter addressing the selection criteria and your CV via Seek.com.au. (Applications will only be accepted via seek.com.au)

You must have the right to live and work in Australia.

Closing date: 12PM Friday 28 June 2019


Operations

Media & Communications Officer

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. 

NeuRA is now searching for a passionate communications professional to join their Foundation team in the key role of Media & Communications Officer to cover a period of parental leave. The Media & Communications Officer will develop media stories and build relationships with key media influencers as well as produce publications for NeuRA.

Reporting to the Media & Communications Manager, you will possess experience in preparing media releases and liaising with the media to achieve the maximum amount of media exposure for NeuRA research stories. You will also have experience in editing and producing long form publications, such as newsletters and annual reviews. An excellent knowledge of the Australian media sector is highly desirable as well as having excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills.

The Media & Communications Officer will be responsible for working with NeuRA researchers to ensure media releases accurately reflect the research, while also providing a compelling hook for the media and end user. The end goal is to build NeuRA’s reputation as the leading centre of neuroscience research within the public domain. A vital element of the role is to support the fundraising team and assist in the development of content to help drive the fundraising program. 

As a not-for-profit employer, NeuRA offers competitive salary packaging options. The salary for this role is $68,000 including superannuation. For full details on the higher corporate equivalent if full salary packaging is availed, please contact David Crisante on +612 9399 1077. (Note that the total corporate equivalent will differ dependant on individual circumstances) 

For further details or a confidential discussion about the position, please call the NeuRA Media & Communications Manager, David Crisante on +612 9399 1077

Position Description can be downloaded here (PDF)

Please apply if you are a committed media and communications professional, with a passion to make a difference in this vital area of research. To apply, submit your CV and cover letter addressing the criteria via seek.com.au

Please note that applications will not be accepted via other mediums i.e. email  & you must have the right to live and work in Australia.

Closing date: Friday 28 June 2019


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