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

Aboriginal Health & Ageing Team - Research Translation Coordinator

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.

An exciting position is currently available to support community engagement, participant recruitment and retention, data collection, and research translation for the Aboriginal Health & Ageing Program (https://www.neura.edu.au/health/aboriginal-ageing/) across various research and translation projects within NSW. This is a full-time position for the South Western Sydney (Campbelltown region). Requests for part-time employment will also be considered. The position is a two-year fixed term role, with the possibility of extension, commencing ASAP.

Research Translation Coordinator

This full or part-time role will include:

  • Community based research activities, including contacting potential participants and updating community contact files, scheduling, assisting with informed consent procedures and providing cultural support
  • Assisting with study data collection in the form of administering questionnaires/interviews, as well as providing participant transport to medical, pathology & other study appointments
  • Assisting with compiling, updating and disseminating resources related to health, local services, social & emotional wellbeing, ageing and dementia within communities
  • Acting as a community liaison for the study and communicating with the study team regarding community issues relevant to the research
  • Working collaboratively with the NeuRA Aboriginal Health & Ageing Research and Knowledge Translation Team, and helping to develop tailored local knowledge translation responses
  • Maintaining appropriate records and other project-related administrative tasks
  • Representing the Aboriginal Health & Ageing Team at community events and conferences
  • Participating in staff training activities and regular study team meetings at NeuRA

Essential criteria:

  • Identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Knowledge of local Aboriginal community networks and organisations, and acceptance by the Aboriginal community
  • Respect of ethical issues related to health research, including privacy and confidentiality
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team
  • Ability to structure and prioritise workload to meet project demands, with support from supervisors
  • Interest in ageing, dementia and/or health issues
  • At least basic computer skills, including email, internet, and familiarity with Microsoft Office programs; as well as tablet computer use for electronic data collection forms
  • Current NSW Driver Licence

Desirable criteria:

  • Previous research experience, but not essential (training will be provided)

For more information, please refer to https://www.neura.edu.au/health/aboriginal-ageing/).

Enquiries only to: Dr Kylie Radford email k.radford@neura.edu.au.

Please apply by sending a cover letter addressing the selection criteria, and attaching your CV via seek.com.au.

Applications closing 15 March 2019.

Trial Manager

A Trial Manager position is available to coordinate projects trialling behavioural interventions for older adults, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the European Union Joint Programme on Neurodegenerative Diseases Research.

This position is a full-time research management role focussed on setting up and coordinating Randomised Controlled Trials on interventions for self-management of early dementia and trials for enhancing road safety in older drivers. The position will be based at the UNSW School of Psychology and at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA).

Under the broad direction of Professor Anstey the Trial Manager will:

  • Prepare and submit research ethics applications and trial registration, oversee participant recruitment, develop standard operating procedures, conduct staff training, staff supervision, project management and study quality control.
  • Prepare intervention materials for administration, implement random allocation, conduct qualitative observation of intervention groups, interview participants, oversee data collection and assessment of outcomes.
  • Liaise with national and international project partners to develop trial protocols and interventions. Coordinate meetings and working groups, assist with staff recruitment and appointments.
  • Manage research data in accordance with the requirements established by the Australian Research Council (ARC), the University of New South Wales, and other data providers.
  • Ensure hazards and risks are identified and controlled for tasks, projects and activities that pose a health and safety risk within your area of responsibility.
  • Implement the UNSW Health and safety management system within your area of responsibility.


  1. Postgraduate degree in psychology, research methodology, behavioural interventions, gerontology or related discipline.
  2. Demonstrated experience conducting trials of behavioural interventions or experience conducting behavioural interventions with older adults or adults with dementia.
  3. Familiarity with all aspects of clinical trials governance in Australia and experience in providing oversight on safety standards, Good Clinical Practice including privacy and confidentiality of information.
  4. Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills and verbal and written communication skills, including ability to draft standard business correspondence, research ethics applications, research reports, communicate with vulnerable populations, and consult and liaise with wide range of people in a multidisciplinary environment.
  5. Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team, in addition to training, mentoring and supervising staff.

Please apply via Seek.com.au here, including your CV and cover letter

You must have the right to live and work in Australia

For enquires or a confidential chat, please contact, Dr Ranmalee Eramudugolla, (02) 6268 8906 / r.eramudugolla@neura.edu.au