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.

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

Biomedical Engineer

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.

Applications are invited for a Biomedical Engineer to assist with the completion of ARC funded research developing efficient algorithms for analysing anisotropic and large deformation MR elastography experimental data. The project will involve developing, testing and validating methods for efficiently and robustly extracting tissue mechanical properties from MR elastography experimental data and implementing these in a user-friendly software environment. The successful applicant will be expected to take a lead role in software development, manuscript preparation and presentation of results at conferences. Appointment is for 6 months full time.

Essential skills:

  • PhD in biomedical engineering or mechanical engineering with a biomedical focus; experience in soft tissue mechanics, viscoelasticity, elastography, image registration, and inverse analysis of elastography datasets and simulating wave propagation through viscoelastic media
  • Advanced computer programming skills, with excellent MATLAB programming skills
  • Excellent written and verbal English
  • Good interpersonal and problem solving skills
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment
  • Must be able to work in an MRI scanner (i.e. have no MRI-incompatible implants or prior conditions that would preclude working in an MR scanner).

Desirable skills:

  • Previous experience in image analysis, and mechanics of anisotropic and nonlinear materials is highly desirable
  • C++ programming skills an advantage.

Apply via SEEK here.

Enquiries to: Prof Lynne Bilston l.bilston@neura.edu.au.

Closing: 31 October 2018




Human Resources Manager

Neuroscience Research Australia – NeuRA – is a medical research institute that is a not-for-profit charity working to prevent and cure disease and disability of the brain and nervous system. NeuRA has approximately 248 (head count) and 191 (FTE) employees, which comprise research, operational and foundation staff, in addition to higher degree students, conjoint appointments, associates, etc. The NeuRA HR Manager role will be responsible for the following duties:

On-boarding and terminations

  • Set-up of new employee information on iCHRIS, working in collaboration with the Finance Officer (Payroll & AP) to set up payroll information.
  • Preparation and distribution of employment contracts for new employees, contract renewals, conjoint, honorary and visiting appointees.
  • Providing advice and training to group leaders and senior staff to aid them in the recruitment process (staff appointment requests, position descriptions, appointment level, interview process, referee checks, offers and negotiations).
  • Placing advertisements on standard recruitment sites and ensuring recruiting staff get direct access to applications.
  • Orientation of all new staff and students, including Welcome packs, security and access setup.
  • Overseeing staff exit processes and conducting exit interviews.
  • Preparation of Sponsored Workers/Trainees visa application documentation and lodgement to Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Providing direction and advice to staff to ensure compliance.
  • Organise Criminal Record Checks as required.

Remuneration, staff development and contract management

  • Monitoring staff increment and contract end dates, and advising group leaders/managers accordingly.
  • Renewal of staff contracts in a timely manner and in line with NeuRA approval processes.
  • Monitoring and managing staff leave accumulations within NeuRA’s policies and providing leave status advice to staff and escalating as appropriate to group leaders/managers.
  • Providing performance review procedure advice, as needed by staff, with a view to streamlining this process through a course on NeuRA’s e-learning platform Moodle.
  • Collaborate with the Finance Officer (Payroll and AP) in relation to interpretation of awards.
  • Annual revisions to staff salary increments.
  • Provide information on salary packaging options.
  • Source training providers as applicable, within training budgets.

Streamlining and maintenance of HR systems

  • Maintain HR data on NeuRA’s iCHRIS HR system and maintain up-to-date HR records, ideally moving NeuRA to digital filing systems.
  • Develop and roll out Intelligent Workflows on iCHRIS, to automate HR functionality and improve HR services.
  • Develop on-line training resources for provision through NeuRA’s e-learning platform, Moodle, as requested for:
    • Staff development e.g. training for staff management, performance management, etc.;
    • On-boarding inductions (working with NeuRA’s WHS and buildings staff);
    • FAQs on frequent HR topic enquiries from staff and students e.g. recruitment, visas etc.;
    • HR policy training e.g. bullying and harassment, code of conduct, conflicts of interest in the workplace, etc.; and
    • Other applications of the Moodle site that aid in streamlining HR function.
  • Develop, in collaboration with IT, the HR ticket system to allow for ease of use for group leaders/managers and all general staff requests.
  • Document HR processes and procedures to enable HR function backup during leave.


  • Provide Executive with regular and timely HR reports e.g. management of annual leave accruals report, contract end dates, equity and diversity, FTE and Head Count, etc. automating provision via iCHRIS where possible.
  • Provide ad hoc reports as requested by COO.

General human resources support

  • Provide advice and draft, review, update and maintain NeuRA HR policies and procedures in line with best practice.
  • Dealing with NeuRA staff and student HR enquiries and providing HR advice where needed.
  • Provide on-site expertise in relation to NeuRA’s HR system iCHRIS.
  • Manage and respond to HR tickets raised using the HR ticket system in a timely manner.
  • Liaison with supervisors and staff regarding conflict resolution.
  • Preparation and lodgement of Workers Compensation claims.
  • Oversee and manage the HR budget.


  • Other duties as required by the COO/CEO from time to time.

Core competencies:

  • A degree level qualification in human resources and minimum 5 years’ experience in a role at a similar level, or equivalent work experience in human resources, ideally in an academic or research environment.
  • Technologically astute and capable, with experience in systems automation and improvement being highly desirable. In addition it is highly desirable for proficiency in the following:
  • iCHRIS;
  • Moodle;
  • MS Office; and
  • General computer skills.
  • Prior experience in designing training content is highly desirable.
  • Prior experience in providing employer visa support is important.
  • A thorough understanding of employment legislation, including the fair work act and state based legislation.
  • A high degree of confidentiality and discretion.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships with a wide range of NeuRA staff and stakeholders e.g. Government bodies, corporate entities, software providers.
  • Superior organisational skills with the ability to manage multiple deadlines effectively.
  • Numeracy skills with and a high degree of attention to detail.
  • A flexible and hands on approach.
  • Ability to work as a member of the senior NeuRA team and to support all NeuRA endeavours.

For more information, read the Position Description here.

Apply now via seek.com.au with your resume and cover letter addressing the core competencies.

For queries in relation to the role please email: coo@neura.edu.au.

Closing: 2 November 2018

Finance Officer (Payroll & Account Payable)

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 not-for-profit and a charity, NeuRA offers a new position that combines the payroll and accounts payable functions, reporting to the Financial Controller.  NeuRA’s employs approximately 225 employees, conjoint staff, students and honorary appointments.  Payroll administers salary packaging, payment of superannuation, salary packaging and student stipends.

The role covers two key areas of responsibility that include:

  • Preparation and running of monthly payroll using iChris (Frontier software), including: administering monthly pay runs, expense and account reconciliations, monthly payroll journals, superannuation contributions, administration of Employee Benefit Cards and salary packaging, full function FBT year end, financial year end and calendar year end.
  • Accounts Payable including: preparing and processing the weekly pay run, coding and processing purchase orders, invoices and payments in the GL (Microsoft Dynamics GP), management of due dates, monthly reconciliations including credit card reconciliations, creditor reports, supplier enquiries, monthly journals and reports, negotiation annual costs with suppliers, resolving and identifying expenditure discrepancies.

The role will also be required to assist the Financial Controller with varied tasks from time to time, and to provide back up to the Finance team on occasion.

This is a new and challenging role.  The successful incumbent will be able to demonstrate flexibility and be well-organised, work well within a small finance team, and autonomously.

The core competencies and experience required for this role include:

  • Minimum of 3 years experience in an Accounts Payable role;
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in payroll processing, with not-for-profit experience preferred;
  • Previous Experience in purchase orders and preparation of reconciliations and journals;
  • Previous Experience working in an Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable role;
  • Experience using Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains and Microsoft Suite is highly regarded; and
  • Experience using iChris (Frontier software for payroll) is highly regarded.

For more information, read the Position Description here.

Apply now via seek.com.au with your resume and cover letter addressing the core competencies.

For enquires related to the role please email any questions to coo@neura.edu.au.

Closing: 2 November 2018




Major Gifts Manager

NeuRA is now searching for an enthusiastic and experienced fundraising professional to join their Foundation team in the key role of Major Gifts Manager. The Major Gifts Manager will develop and drive the major gifts program and assist in achieving the institutes’ business plans for the next few years.

Reporting to the Foundation Director, your objective is to grow their major gifts donor base, and manage donor stewardship to increase the number and value of their major gifts program. A key responsibility is to develop, nurture and maintain relationships with high-net-worth individuals, businesses, philanthropic organisations, trusts and foundations to generate additional income to help fund their important areas of neurological research.

Experience in developing and implementing a major gifts strategy is essential, along with sound donor research and planning skills. To perform well in this role, you will have excellent communication, influencing and presentation skills, with the ability to engage and build confidence with high-net worth individuals.

If you are a proactive professional fundraiser with a passion to make a difference in this vital area of research, please forward your application to Grant Simpson, Foundation Director g.simpson@neura.edu.au.

Alternatively call Grant Simpson for a confidential discussion on +61 2 9399 1262.