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

Clinical Bioinformatician

Full time, fixed term contract for two years

  • World class research facilities based in Randwick
  • Apply your bioinformatics skills in a clinical setting
  • Competitive salary and benefits available

We are seeking a skilled Bioinformatician interested in applying their skills in a clinical setting to support the molecular genetics laboratory, Mackenzie’s Mission and CRE-NCD

The NSW Health Pathology Randwick Genetics Laboratory is one of the major Australian centres for genetic diagnostics, providing a comprehensive genome diagnostic service in a consultative pathology context. The laboratory is recognised as a training site by both the HGSA and RCPA for advanced training in laboratory genetics for both scientific and medical personnel. NSW Health Pathology Randwick Genetics Laboratory has held continuous accreditation from NATA/RCPA since 1988, providing testing compliant with the ISO 15189 and ISO 9001 Standards and NPAAC Requirements.

Mackenzie’s Mission is a large-scale reproductive carrier screening pilot study which will screen 10,000 couples across Australia for ~500 rare and debilitating genetic disorders including spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), fragile X syndrome and cystic fibrosis (CF).

The CRE in Neurocognitive Disorders (CRE-NCD), based at NeuRA, is a five year-funded NHMRC centre that aims to transform the diagnosis and management of intellectual disability (also known as neurocognitive disorders) through whole exome sequencing (WES), whole genome sequencing (WGS), transcriptomic and methylation analysis.

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

The role

This position will support the molecular genetics laboratory, Mackenzie’s Mission and the CRE-NCD by assisting with clinical cloud-based bioinformatics requirements for the analysis of next generation sequencing (NGS) data, implementation and maintenance of bioinformatics pipelines around design, performance, validation and quality control. The clinically targeted NGS panels, exomes or genomes and bioinformatics pipelines require embedded bioinformatic expertise. NGS data analysis using computer programming and Unix-based servers is required. This is also largely a development role, so experience with front-end and back-end development and  working with Amazon Web Services is desirable The successful candidate will be working closely with wet lab scientists, clinicians, pathologists, genomic analysts, and other bioinformaticians/software developers.

We are seeking an experienced and motivated development Bioinformatician interested in applying their skills in a clinical setting and able to work both independently and as part of a team. This is a full time position for two years.

How to apply

For further information about this opportunity, please review the position description or contact us for a confidential discussion.

Contact name: Associate Professor Tony Roscioli (Tony.Roscioli@health.nsw.gov.au) or Professor Edwin Kirk (Edwin.kirk@health.nsw.gov.au)

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  

Closing date: 5PM Wednesday 5th February 2019

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.

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

NeuRA acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, and extends respect to all Elders past, present, and emerging.

Postdoctoral Fellow / Experienced Research Assistant

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow or experienced Research Assistant in optogenetic stimulation of pharyngeal muscles for sleep apnoea.

We are looking for a self-motivated enthusiastic researcher to join our research team to undertake preclinical studies for the development of a novel optogenetic therapy for obstructive sleep apnoea. This project aims to actively stimulate the upper airway muscles to maintain airway patency during sleep. Preclinical studies are using a rodent model that mimics sleep-related atonia of the muscles, and the primary responsibility for this position is to undertake preclinical rodent experiments, including animal care and handling, tissue extraction,  and preparation for assessment of gene expression and immunohistochemistry. 

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

Required qualifications
Bachelors or masters degree in relevant discipline, plus minimum 2 years relevant research experience (for RA-C level appointment), or PhD in relevant topic (for postdoctoral fellow appointment). 

Key experience required
Histology and immunohistochemistry; molecular biology, western blotting, qPCR; Knowledge of gene therapy, including viral vectors and PCR-based cloning; Animal surgical and handling experience.

Personal attributes
Excellent written and verbal English communication skills, experience working in a multidisciplinary team. 

Other Details
The position is initially for one year, with potential for extension subject to excellent performance and availability of funding. Appointment will be considered at postdoctoral fellow level for candidates with a PhD in a relevant discipline, or at research assistant level for those with a bachelors or masters degree. The researcher will be primarily located at NeuRA, but will also undertake collaborative studies at Macquarie University. Applicants must have unrestricted rights to work in Australia for a minimum of one year.  

How to apply

Please send a copy of your CV, and a cover letter describing your qualifications, experience and personal attributes and how they align with those listed above, to Professor Lynne Bilston L.Bilston@neura.edu.au.

Download the Position Description here (PDF)

Closing date: Friday 28th February, 2020

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.

You must have the right to live and work in Australia. Please outline your visa status if you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

NeuRA acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, and extends respect to all Elders past, present, and emerging.


Operations

Mechanical Technician


About us

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. 

Our Values

Our values are the essence of our organisation – they are the principles that we live by, and are at the core of everything we do. NeuRA’s values are: Innovation. Excellence. Integrity. Leadership. Human impact.

The role

NeuRA currently has a vacancy for an experienced Mechanical Technician to design and manufacture custom research equipment. The successful candidate will be working in collaboration with world leading scientists to facilitate research activities according to best practice and legislative requirements.

This fascinating role provides a unique opportunity for an experienced graduate or tradesman to utilise their broad knowledge and experience to create bespoke equipment that directly impacts health outcomes in the field of neuroscience.

Because of the unique nature of the equipment created, NeuRA is committed to ensuring all aspects of WHS compliance is covered through documentation. An ability to forensically detail existing equipment and complete the necessary documentation will be highly desirable and set as an initial priority.  The Mechanical Technician will not only need to have the ability to design and manufacture projects within tight timeframes but ensure WHS compliance to maintain a safe workplace.

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

Responsibilities

  • Design and manufacture of research equipment
  • Use and maintenance of workshop machinery and tools
  • Ability to use CAD an CAM
  • Repair existing equipment used by researchers
  • WHS compliance
  • Facilities Department duties including testing and tagging

Requirements

To succeed in this role, a minimum of 5 years experience in design and manufacturing using a variety of machinery is preferred. Personal qualities such as being able to think creatively and analytically, and the ability to solve problems are essential. Your written and verbal communication skills need to be highly developed and you must possess be able to communicate with people at all levels. Experience completing WHS documentation is desirable. A willingness to work flexibly within a team environment is also highly desirable.

How to apply

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

For more information or a confidential chat about the role, please contact Mark O’Hara on 0414 793 683 or at m.ohara@neura.edu.au

Position Description (PDF) can be downloaded here

Please note that applications will not be accepted via other mediums i.e. email.

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.

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

NeuRA acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, and extends respect to all Elders past, present, and emerging.


Foundation

Digital Communications Officer

  • Produce amazing stories about cutting-edge medical research
  • Part-time position at 4 days per week
  • Generous not-for-profit salary packaging and benefits provided

About us

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. 

Our Values

Our values are the essence of our organisation – they are the principles that we live by, and are at the core of everything we do. NeuRA’s values are: Innovation. Excellence. Integrity. Leadership. Human impact.

The role

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

Do you love producing compelling content across Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other channels? 

In this role you will be managing NeuRA’s social media accounts, updating the organisation’s website via Word Press, and assisting with the production of videos and photographs.

This role will suit someone with 2-3 years’ experience who is motivated and enthusiastic to learn.  You will be a go-getter who is keen to knock on the doors of researchers, develop a calendar of upcoming material, and create engaging communications material. 

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

The Digital Communications Officer will also 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. 

How to apply

If you are passionate and keen to make a difference to promote research and better health for all, please submit your application, including cover letter and full curriculum vitae via Seek.com.au.

Please note that applications will not be accepted via other mediums i.e. email.

For further details or a discussion about the position, please call the NeuRA Media & Communications Manager, David Crisante.

Phone: +612 9399 1077  Email: d.crisante@neura.edu.au

Full Position Description (PDF) can be downloaded here

Closing date: Wednesday 4 March, 2020

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.

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

NeuRA acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, and extends respect to all Elders past, present, and emerging.