NeuRA scholarship winners 2015

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.


Position Available – Schizophrenia Research Group Leader – NeuRA Discovery Fund Appointment
The recent merger of the Schizophrenia Research Institute and NeuRA has created an opportunity to expand the Schizophrenia Research Program. With support from the NeuRA Discovery Fund, which aims to attract and support the best and brightest leaders in priority areas of neuroscience research, the Institute has created a new position of Research Group Leader who will be able to develop and lead an independent and innovative schizophrenia research program, and build on the strengths of NeuRA and its partners for increased impact.

The successful candidate will have a strong and innovative, continuing research track record in undertaking either laboratory or clinical research that will broadly address one or both of the key objectives of the Schizophrenia Research Program:
– Identification of the causes of schizophrenia, or
– Identifying new treatment options for schizophrenia

Reporting to the Institute CEO, the appointee will
– Hold a PhD or MBBS/MD with at least five years’ additional research experience
– Hold a competitive Australian research fellowship (such as NHMRC Career Development Fellowship or higher) or be competitive for such a fellowship over the duration of the appointment
– Be an internationally recognised leader in their research field specialising in schizophrenia

The NeuRA Discovery Fund provides a flexible package of support over five years to fund the appointment and to support their activity. The appointment is for an initial period of five years with the possibility of extension.
Applications must comprise:
– a full Curriculum Vitae,
– statement systematically addressing the selection criteria
– brief outline of proposed research agenda (1-2 pages)
– nomination of 3-5 referees (these will not be contacted until later in the process)
To obtain the selection criteria and for a confidential discussion candidates should contact the search firm assisting NeuRA on this important appointment: Dr Rosalind De Sailly via email at NeuRA@desailly.com.au Complete applications received via email at NeuRA@desailly.com.au will be considered from end of September until an appointment is made.


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: This position is currently available.