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.

Check out the UNSW Scientia PhD scholarships at NeuRA

Positions Available

Genetic Counsellor

This new translational genetic counselling position in genomics has been created to organise the GenomeConnect transition of care clinics at Children’s Hospital Westmead/Liverpool under the supervision of clinical geneticists. GenomeConnect is a clinical academic group supported by the multi-institution Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE). The successful applicant will be a key member for this new health initiative and will provide comprehensive genetic counselling and clinic support. This role will involve the development of documentation for genomic care in NSW, the maintenance of clinical records, and facilitation of genomic testing. The successful applicant will receive, screen and triage referrals, provide support and arrange contact with genetic support services and co-ordinate multidisciplinary team attendance in the transition of care genomic clinics. There will also be opportunities for training in genomic analysis.

This role will involve liaison with the senior executive of GenomeConnect in project management, contribution to regular genomic meetings and education sessions, and the development of teaching modules involving genomic testing for colleagues and students. Liaison with genomic laboratories and the promotion of the role of genomics in rare disorders and transition of care will be part of this role. The writing of case reports and other research studies related to the clinic will be encouraged.

This position is an 0.6 FTE at Level 4 equivalent for three years from commencement, and will be based between Westmead and Liverpool Hospitals as a secondment from Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA). NeuRA is an international leader in brain and nervous system research with goals to identify the causes and cures for neurological and psychiatric diseases. Additional genomic training opportunities will be based at the Sydney Children’s Hospital campus and NSW Health Pathology Randwick.

Selection criteria:

  • An undergraduate degree in a non-medical discipline with a post graduate qualification in genetic counselling and either part 2 HGSA certification or equivalent experience or qualification
  • Experience in complex project management and research data collection
  • Excellent organisational and interpersonal skills
  • High levels of computer literacy
  • Advanced decision making and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work effectively within a team
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and show initiative
  • Insights and/or experience in medical genomics desirable

For enquiries and position description, please contact: A/Prof Tony Roscioli – t.roscioli@neura.edu.au.

Please send your CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria to: hr@neura.edu.au.

Closing: Friday 11 May 2018


Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Knowledge Translation

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.

Professor Kaarin Anstey leads an innovative multi-disciplinary team addressing ageing research.  This position is a full time research role in the area of Knowledge Translation (KT), i.e. research focused on effective knowledge dissemination, application of research evidence to practice or policy, development of practice guidelines etc. The position is based across two centres, the NHMRC Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC) Early diagnosis and prevention hub and the Centre for Research Excellence in Cognitive Health.

The Fellow has responsibility for facilitating and promoting KT activities within the centres as well as conducting primary research in dementia prevention. They will also work collaboratively with members of these centres at NeuRA, the University of New South Wales and nationally with collaborators and stakeholders.

Essential criteria:

  • Completion or near of a PhD degree in Psychology or related subject.
  • Experience or demonstrated relevance expertise in science communication.
  • Demonstrated experience or interest in research into knowledge translation.
  • Demonstrated time management skills with the proven ability to work under pressures and meet deadlines.
  • Emerging track record of research publication in peer reviewed journals, conference presentations and other academic esteem indicators.
  • Experience in research related to ageing and or dementia is highly desirable.
  • Highly developed computer skills particularly with Microsoft office software and in the use of spreadsheets.
  • Demonstrated excellent English oral and written communication skills, including the capacity to liaise with internal and external agencies, coordinate meetings, produce clear data and policy documentation, survey design, and research reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team and independently with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • A demonstrated understanding of equal opportunity principles and polices and a commitment to their application in a university/research institution context.

Enquires should be addressed to Kaarin Anstey k.anstey@neura.edu.au. Please forward your application to hr@neura.edu.au, quoting Ref: A21

Closing: Thursday, 31 May 2018

PhD Project / Scholarship

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is an international leader in brain and nervous system research, and endeavours to find the causes of and cures for neurological and psychiatric diseases.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a 3 year PhD scholarship within a new and dynamic team working in dementia prevention and based in Sydney across the University of New South Wales School of Psychology and Neuroscience Research Australia.

The scholarship is in the field of dementia risk reduction and the project may focus on measuring and identifying risk factors, methods of assessing risk factors and/or approaches to risk reduction in the fields of cognitive ageing, cognitive decline and the development of dementia. There will be opportunities for the successful candidate to develop and refine research objectives in collaboration with the supervisory team. Applicants must have strong statistical skills or an interest in developing such skills.

For this opportunity, you must be an Australian citizen or have Permanent Residency, with First Class Honours in psychology, epidemiology or a related area. A Master’s degree in one of the above fields would be advantageous.

The stipend offered $32,082 per annum.

Applicants should submit their CV, academic transcript and a covering letter, including full contact details of two referees (at least one academic), to Professor Kaarin Anstey (k.anstey@neura.edu.au).


If you are a proactive professional fundraiser with a passion to make a difference in this vital area of research, please forward your application including full curriculum vitae to Lee Hilton, l.hilton@neura.edu.au




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