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


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

Research Assistant - Sydney Brain Bank (SBB)

We seek a highly motivated individual with laboratory experience and knowledge of histological or other anatomical pathology techniques. The Research Assistant will be responsible for collecting, receiving and processing brain and spinal cord specimens to enable high quality tissue samples suitable for a variety of research applications.  Other duties will include maintenance of laboratory stocks, equipment and records and assistance with researcher requests for specimens.

The successful applicant will:

  • Conduct laboratory research tasks and experiments including receiving human brain and spinal cord specimens, performing dissection of fresh tissue and slicing of fixed brain specimens and collection of tissue for tissue requests
  • Liaise with relevant health practitioners/NSW Health staff to collect paperwork necessary for brain and spinal cord removal at mortuary facility. Perform brain and spinal cord removal and transport tissue back to the SBB
  • Maintain an on-call presence for out-of-hours fresh brain dissections and freezer monitoring. This will require participation in an on-call roster to be available to assist with fresh tissue dissections should they arise and to be one of two staff on a freezer monitoring roster full-time
  • Paraffin embedding, sectioning and histological staining of specimens
  • Long-term maintenance and storage of specimens
  • Provide support and assistance to the SBB Manager to receive tissue request enquiries, ascertain feasibility of enquiries and compliance check applications
  • Prepare and manage agreements for tissue transfer and other associated documentation
  • Arrange dispatch of tissue samples by courier to researchers within required timeframes
  • Carry out laboratory duties including overseeing and monitoring of replacement stock, laboratory equipment maintenance and maintenance of records, reports and correspondence as required
  • Provide technical and administrative support to the SBB Director, SBB Manager and the research team, and other duties as required

Selection Criteria

Essential criteria

  • A degree or equivalent in a science based discipline
  • Experience in histological and immunohistochemical techniques
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Proven ability to show attention to detail and commitment to quality
  • Ability to accurately plan, execute and document experimental research
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training
  • Current driver’s licence

Desirable criteria

  • Knowledge of neuroanatomy or brain banking
  • Experience with Filemaker database systems
  • Knowledge of autopsy procedure

Thorough training will be provided to the successful applicant regardless of previous experience to ensure compliance with all internal processes. Please apply if you are interested in or have experience in histological or anatomical pathology techniques.

For more information or a confidential chat, please contact Heather McCann, h.mccann@neura.edu.au02 9399 1708

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 

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.

Closing date: Tuesday 23 July 2019

NSW Falls Network - Project Officer

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

NeuRA Introduction

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 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 by close of business 31/08/2019.

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



Digital Communications Assistant (P/T)

  • Produce amazing stories about cutting-edge medical research
  • Part-time or casual position at one day per week with scope for additional days during peak periods
  • Generous not-for-profit salary packaging and benefits provided

NeuRA (Neuroscience Research Australia) is a renowned medical research institute that strives to prevent and cure brain and nervous system disease.

Are you an enthusiastic social media and digital communications professional who is interested in work with Australia’s leading researchers and bringing exposure to their findings? 

Do you get a kick out of producing compelling content across Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other channels? 

In this role you will be job-sharing with another Digital Communications Assistant to manage NeuRA’s social media account, update the organisation’s website via Word Press, and assist with the production of multimedia content (videos and photographs).

NeuRA has a vast array of fascinating stories to tell.  In any given week you will be working on discoveries on new parts of the brain or how we can use new virtual reality headsets to repair spinal cords.

You will also write engaging copy, including blogs, website updates and social posts, for a wide range of audiences.

The Digital Communications Assistant will work with counterparts at partner organisations and support the campaigns run by NeuRA’s fundraising teams. 

Our state-of-the-art building contains a car crash test facility, a brain bank with more than 600 preserved brains, a sleep lab and a falls and balances centre.  It also has large teams researching dementia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia – which are among Australia’s greatest health challenges. 

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

Position description can be viewed here (PDF)

How to apply

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

If you are passionate and keen to make a difference to promote research and better health for all, please 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  

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.