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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


An exciting opportunity to join the Communications Hub at NeuRA, one of Australia’s leading Neuroscience Research centres based at Randwick, NSW.  We are looking for a communications expert, ideally with a science background to join our active team to drive our publications, and progressive science research being undertaken in our Communications Hub. The Publications and Communications Officer reports to the Communications Manager (CM) and is responsible for four broad areas of work – (i) Support the CM in the preparation and release of NeuRA content (stories) to the media and liaise with journalists and media proprietors in regards to the provision of media materials as required (ii) support the Digital Communications Officer (DCO) in the gathering, generation and posting of NeuRA content (including video) for social media and assist in the maintenance of the website (iii) provide a limited in-house graphic design resource for internal flyers for executive and researcher requirements (iv) Assist the CM in the production of the quarterly NeuRA Magazine  and annual NeuRA Profile including content development, management of design layouts with external providers, and timeline to print schedules.

The Communications Officer should ideally have at least 3-5 years’ experience in PR on client or agency side, with a leaning towards scientific content creation. In addition, liaison with journalists, media contacts, preparation of media materials, and the ability to generate social media content is important. Digital experience within the not-for-profit sector is also considered to be advantageous.

It is a key requirement of the role to work in a supportive, positive and collaborative way with the Foundation team, NeuRA’s researchers and other staff at NeuRA.

Key areas of competency required include:

  • 3-5 years’ experience in a PR, marketing or digital environment preferably with scientific or technology background
  • An entry-level ability in desktop publishing / graphic design programs such as InDesign, Photoshop, WordPress, GarageBand
  • A good knowledge of social media and other digital forms of communication using programs such as Hootsuite
  • Excellent verbal communication and writing skills
  • Ability to manage a project towards a deadline
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • A curious mind for discoveries

Enquiries to: Liz Courtney

Applications: Please forward your CV with a cover note as soon as possible, and also include earliest start date. Please send your application to Lee Hilton

Closing: Friday, March 17, 2017


This interesting and varied role primarily provides support to NeuRA’s Administration & Compliance Manager within NeuRA’s operation group. This is a part time role (21 hours per week), required to be worked over a five day week. Duties include grants and ethics compliance checking, database entry, spreadsheets, report assistance, reception, and other general duties as required. However the administration assistant must also be available to act as full day relief during reception staff absences.

Essential criteria: Previous administration experience in the higher education sector; an eye for detail; flexible work attitude; ability to work as part of a team; excellent oral and written communication skills; aptitude for figures; demonstrated computer skills including proficient use of the internet and MS office programs.

Desirable criteria: Reception experience; research grants and/or ethics experience.

This role is not suitable for full or part time students. Previous applicants need not apply.
Enquiries to: Deborah McKay  Please send your application to Lee Hilton

Closing: Monday, April 3, 2017

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