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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.


PhD Project – Proprioception in Health and Disease

A postgraduate scholarship is available to support an incoming PhD student at NeuRA. The PhD project will investigate proprioception in healthy people and people with motor impairments. Proprioception is a term used to describe our sense of limb position and movement, the sense of force and heaviness and other senses related to balance and body image. The PhD student will undertake studies which will address novel questions about how we maintain a stable body representation and how we use it to make movements and maintain balance. This is important because many neurological conditions are characterised by a defective proprioceptive-body representation. The studies will involve conducting experiment on human participants and patients.

The project is suited to individuals with a background in physiology, neuroscience, medical and health sciences, psychology or a related discipline. Experience performing experiments in healthy participants and patients groups would be an asset.

The PhD student will be supervised by Professor Simon Gandevia. Please see motorimpairment.neura.edu.au for examples of research from the Motor Impairment team. The PhD will be conducted through the University of New South Wales but the student will work in Professor Gandevia’s laboratory at NeuRA as part of a small and friendly team of outstanding physiologists.

The stipend offered for this 3-year scholarship will be equivalent to the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) rate (AU$26,288 for 2016, and incremented annually). The successful applicant is also eligible to apply for the NeuRA Supplementary Scholarship ($5,000 p.a.). Both Australian and international applicants are welcome to apply. However international applicants are required to pay university tuition fees. The proposed starting date is on or before 15 August 2016.

Essential criteria: An undergraduate degree with good Honours in physiology, neuroscience, medical and health sciences, psychology or a related discipline; eligibility for enrolment in a PhD program at the University of New South Wales. Good data analysis and computer skills and excellent communication skills are essential.

All enquiries should be directed to Professor Simon Gandevia. Please send your application, with your curriculum vitae to Professor Gandevia.

Closing date: Thursday, 30 June 2016


Research Assistant – Motor Impairment in Health and Disease

A new Research Assistant position has been set up to supplement the staff and students involved in an NHMRC Program on Motor Impairment held at NeuRA.

The Research Assistant will undertake studies which address novel questions about how we make movements and maintain balance. This is important because ageing and many neurological conditions are characterised by impaired control of movement. The studies will involve conducting experiments on human participants and patients, including volunteers with multiple sclerosis.

An honours degree or equivalent with a background in physiology, neuroscience, medical and health sciences, psychology or a related discipline is required. Experience in conducting studies on healthy participants and patients is highly desirable. Additional computer and analysis skills would be an advantage.

The position will be supervised by Professors Janet Taylor and Simon Gandevia. Please see motorimpairment.neura.edu.au for examples of research from the Motor Impairment team. The Research Assistant will work in laboratories at NeuRA as part of a friendly team of outstanding physiologists, clinicians and neuroscientists. Other chief investigators on the Program are Professors Stephen Lord and Rob Herbert.

Both Australian and international applicants with a valid working visa are welcome to apply. The proposed starting date is on or before 29 August 2016.

Essential criteria: An undergraduate degree with good Honours in physiology, neuroscience, medical and health sciences, psychology or a related discipline. Excellent written and spoken communication skills as well as data analysis and computer skills are required.

All enquiries should be directed to Professor Janet Taylor or Professor Simon Gandevia. Please send your application, with your curriculum vitae to Professor Gandevia.

Closing date: Thursday, 14 July 2016


PhD Projects – FRONTIER research group
Several PhD projects are available in FRONTIER, a clinical research group specialising in younger onset dementia syndromes based at Neuroscience Research Australia. The PhD projects will focus on aspects of memory, imagination, and social cognition and how these processes are disrupted in dementia syndromes. The PhD students will use a combination of neuropsychological and neuroimaging techniques to study brain-behaviour relationships. These projects are ideally suited to individuals who have a strong aptitude for research with good interpersonal skills, and have an interest in cognitive neuroscience/neuropsychology.

Further information about each project can be found here.