Employment and Scholarships

NeuRA is committed to recruiting, training and retaining researchers, students and staff of the highest calibre. All vacancies are advertised on this page. If you are interested in a career or studying at NeuRA, please review the information and list of opportunities below. This is regularly updated.

NeuRA is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity and eliminating discrimination in all our employment policies and practices.

For general enquiries please contact hr@neura.edu.au.

Career Opportunities


Research Positions

Genomicist Trainee - NSW

Training Location: NSW Health Pathology Genomics Service (Randwick), August 2022 – January 2023

Award/Formal Qualifications:  Current enrolment in a training program with either the RACP or RCPA or equivalent). A medical degree registerable with AHPRA

Requirements: Working with Children check

Overview

The national PreGen project is an MRFF funded clinical implementation grant aiming to develop and implement genomic testing for fetal structural anomalies. The impact of different forms of genomic testing on decision making for families and health care providers regarding the diagnosis, counselling, management and postnatal care will be assessed. Its purpose is to provide training in genomic analysis and the use of specialist genetic knowledge to enhance the interpretative aspects of genomic analysis and reporting.  It would suite a clinical genetic or genetic pathology trainee or genetic counsellor and is 0.9 FTE for 6 months. The position has been designed to integrate with accredited clinical genetic or pathology training as a funded “on the job” learning role with opportunities to complete mandatory research projects. This position is accredited for 6 months training through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Clinical Genetics) and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (Genetic Pathology).

The core roles will include:

  • providing clinically informed and relevant analyses of genomic data
  • refining the clinical bioinformatics analysis pipeline in conjunction with the bioinformatics team
  • promoting genomic testing for families with neurocognitive disorders tested in house but also from genomic files generated in other laboratories
  • identifying novel disease genes by both personal research and supervision of scientists
  • liaising with referring clinicians and patients to return and explain genomic results
  • creating genomic resources within PreGen to assist in the care of families
  • formulation of genomic policy through committee membership
  • educating the genetic and medical community through genomic analysis courses and pathology best practice.

Key Working Relationships

Internal:

  • NeuRA A/Prof Tony Roscioli, Group Leader, Neurogenomics
  • NSW Health Pathology Genetics Randwick Staff Pathologists or SA Path or VCGS Laboratory Scientists

External:

  • Clinical genetics unit directors as relevant

Responsibilities

  • Act in accordance with the laboratory’s quality system, the terms of accreditation, and applicable health and safety regulations
  • Work well within a team structure to promote a productive workplace
  • Participate in the clinical interpretation workflow to ensure that data are processed and reported in a timely manner within the quality system
  • Provide genomic training to technical and scientific staff
  • Participate in a consultative clinical genomics service for clinicians, particularly in the analysis of complex and unexpected results
  • Participate in clinic-pathological meetings/ MDTs and promote good interdisciplinary relationships with colleagues and referring physicians
  • Carry out translational research and developmental work to enhance knowledge and improve the quality of service
  • Present the results of research, projects, meeting summaries and other topics to medical, scientific and other staff
  • Involvement in the development of software and database infrastructure for genomic analysis, genotype-phenotype correlation in conjunction with the genomic analysis team
  • Preparation of business cases and plans as required, including proposals for competitive funding bodies
  • Development and refining of research projects for students
  • Day-to-day management of students and junior staff
  • Maintaining required medical, specialist professional and indemnity registrations 

Experience, knowledge and skills desired

  • Enrollment in a clinical genetics or laboratory genetics or genetic counselling training program at an appropriate level
  • Ability to develop, manage and maintain internal and external relationships
  • Highly developed skills in facilitation and meeting leadership
  • Highly developed written and verbal communications skills
  • Experience leading, managing and working well within a team structure
  • Highly developed educational and communication skills

To apply

To apply, submit your CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria via seek.com.au.

For further questions, contact tony.roscioli@health.nsw.gov.au / alyssa.wilson@unsw.edu.au.

Closing date: 30 June 2021.

You must have the right to live and work in Australia.

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity and eliminating discrimination in all our employment policies and practices.

NeuRA acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, and extends respect to all Elders past, present, and emerging.

Genomicist Counsellor - VIC

The national PreGen project is a Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) funded clinical implementation grant aiming to develop and implement genomic testing for fetal structural anomalies. The impact of different forms of genomic testing on decision making for families and health care providers regarding the diagnosis, counselling, management and postnatal care will be assessed.

Genetic counsellors will play an integral role in supporting families involved in the trial. The successful   applicant   will   be   primarily   responsible   for   providing   information   about PreGen, facilitating translational questionnaires and genetic counselling during pregnancy. This role includes genetic counselling, qualitative interviews and analysis, database maintenance, education and research.

The genetic counselling aspect of the role will include assessing the requirements for genetic counselling and testing, planning and participating in PreGen activities, providing information about the results of genetic analysis, facilitating further genetic testing if required, recording outcomes of patient contact sessions and responding to enquiries from    referring doctors and other health professionals. This role will   involve a combination of telephone, face-to-face and telehealth consultations and will include liaison between laboratories, clinical referrers and clinical genetic counsellors. A key component of this role involves working closely with the PreGen research team, laboratories and clinical teams to ensure effective service delivery particularly regarding variant and phenotype review meetings. This will include ensuring accurate communication of information about genetic results to both   patients and health professionals, collecting or overseeing the collection of follow-up data, providing education to health professionals and working with key stakeholders to ensure the effective ongoing running of the PreGen trial. It is anticipated that some telehealth cross cover between services in different states could be required.

Essential Criteria
-An undergraduate degree in a non-medical discipline with a post graduate qualification in genetic counselling
-Proven ability to problem solve, prioritise and work to deadlines
-Excellent interpersonal skills, proven excellent interaction with colleagues at all levels in health fields
-Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and well-developed letter and report writing skills
-Prior research activities and publication record will be viewed favourably
-Working knowledge of state Ministry of Health and HGSA policies and protocols including consent and request forms for genetic/genomic testing
-Willingness to undertake personal and group supervision, accept feedback and be guided by geneticists on work practices/organisation.

For enquiries please contact: A/Prof Tony Roscioli via email at tony.roscioli@health.nsw.gov.au.

A position description can be downloaded here.

To Apply 

Please send your application, addressing the selection criteria, to Alyssa Wilson via email to a.wilson@neura.edu.au.

You must have the right to live and work in Australia.

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity and eliminating discrimination in all our employment policies and practices.

NeuRA acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, and extends respect to all Elders past, present, and emerging.


Genomicist Counsellor - SA

Overview

The national PreGen project is an MRFF funded clinical implementation grant aiming to develop and implement genomic testing for fetal structural anomalies identified on routine morphology scans. The impact of different forms of genomic testing on decision making for families and health care providers regarding the diagnosis, counselling, management and postnatal care will be assessed. Its purpose is to provide training in genomic analysis and the use of specialist genetic knowledge to enhance the interpretative aspects of genomic analysis and reporting. 

These positions will be directly supervised by chief investigators on PreGen, staff specialist pathologists or lead scientists in the PreGen genomic facilities. Successful candidates will be employed through Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and seconded to SA Pathology, Genetics and Molecular Pathology Department, Adelaide. 

This position would suit a qualified Genetic Counsellor who is looking to broaden their scope of practice to include genomic analyses, partaking not only in the pre- and post-test counselling, but also in the identification of causative variants.

The core role will include:

  • providing clinically informed and relevant analyses of genomic data
  • refining the clinical bioinformatics analysis pipeline in conjunction with the bioinformatics team
  • promoting genomic testing for families with Mendelian disorders tested in house
  • identifying novel disease genes by both personal research and supervision of scientists
  • liaising with referring clinicians and patients to return and explain genomic results
  • creating genomic resources within PreGen to assist in the care of families
  • formulation of genomic policy through committee membership
  • educating the genetic and medical community through genomic analysis courses and pathology best practice.

Key Working Relationships

Internal:

  • Head of Genetics and Molecular Pathology Department
  • Reporting to Head of Technology Advancement and Genetic Pathologist
  • Collaborates daily with local team of scientific / technical / operational and administrative staff
  • Paediatric and Reproductive Genetics Unit staff and administrative members

External:

  • NeuRA A/Prof Tony Roscioli, Group Leader, Neurogenomics
  • Alyssa Wilson, PreGen program manager
  • NSW Health Pathology Genetics Randwick and Victorian Clinical Genetics Service Laboratory leads, staff Pathologists and laboratory scientists

Responsibilities

  • Act in accordance with the laboratory’s quality system, the terms of accreditation, and applicable health and safety regulations
  • Work well within a team structure to promote a productive workplace
  • Participate in the clinical interpretation workflow to ensure that data are processed and reported in a timely manner within the quality system
  • Participate in a consultative clinical genomics service for clinicians, particularly in the analysis of complex and unexpected results
  • Participate in clinic-pathological meetings/ MDTs and promote good interdisciplinary relationships with colleagues and referring physicians
  • Carry out translational research and developmental work to enhance knowledge and improve the quality of service
  • Present the results of research, projects, meeting summaries and other topics to medical, scientific and other staff
  • Preparation of business cases and plans as required, including proposals for competitive funding bodies
  • Development and refining of research projects for students
  • Day-to-day management of students and junior staff
  • Maintaining required medical, specialist professional and indemnity registrations
  • Provide pre- and post-test counselling to recruited couples
  • Assist referring clinician with return of results

Experience, knowledge and skills desired

  • Experience in molecular genetic techniques and information technology
  • Professional training, qualifications and experience in genetics at an appropriate level
  • Ability to develop, manage and maintain internal and external relationships
  • Highly developed skills in facilitation and meeting leadership
  • Highly developed written and verbal communications skills
  • Experience leading, managing and working well within a team structure
  • Highly developed educational and communication skills
  • Experience with counselling families recruited into national research projects (desirable).

A position description can be downloaded here.

To apply

To apply, submit your CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria via seek.com.au.

Closing date: 09 June 2021.

You must have the right to live and work in Australia.

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity and eliminating discrimination in all our employment policies and practices.

NeuRA acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, and extends respect to all Elders past, present, and emerging.

Genomicist Analyst - SA

Position Title: Genomic analyst (1FTE, 7 months *option to extend) 

Training Location: SA Pathology, Genetics and Molecular Pathology, Frome Road, Adelaide, South Australia

Award/Formal Qualifications:  Genomic Analyst – relevant post-graduate qualification in genetics and/or bioinformatics. Genetic Counsellor – Masters of Genetic Counselling

Requirements: Working with Children check, National Police Check

Responsible to: A/Prof Tony Roscioli – PreGen project lead, SA Pathology: Dr Karin Kassahn, Dr Tristan Hardy, and Prof Hamish Scott (GMP Department Head)

Overview

The national PreGen project is an MRFF funded clinical implementation grant aiming to develop and implement genomic testing for fetal structural anomalies identified on routine morphology scans. The impact of different forms of genomic testing on decision making for families and health care providers regarding the diagnosis, counselling, management and postnatal care will be assessed. Its purpose is to provide training in genomic analysis and the use of specialist genetic knowledge to enhance the interpretative aspects of genomic analysis and reporting. 

This position will be directly supervised by chief investigators on PreGen, staff specialist pathologists or lead scientists in the PreGen genomic facilities. The successful candidate will be employed through Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and seconded to SA Pathology, Genetics and Molecular Pathology Department, Adelaide. It would suit a medical scientist who is looking to implement and conduct high quality scientific research and report on genomic findings in the prenatal setting in ‘real-time’.

The core roles will include:

  • providing clinically informed and relevant analyses of genomic data
  • refining the clinical bioinformatics analysis pipeline in conjunction with the bioinformatics team
  • promoting genomic testing for families with Mendelian disorders tested in house
  • identifying novel disease genes by both personal research and supervision of scientists
  • liaising with referring clinicians and patients to return and explain genomic results
  • creating genomic resources within PreGen to assist in the care of families
  • formulation of genomic policy through committee membership
  • educating the genetic and medical community through genomic analysis courses and pathology best practice.

Key Working Relationships

Internal:

  • Head of Genetics and Molecular Pathology Department
  • Reporting to Head of Technology Advancement and Genetic Pathologist
  • Collaborates daily with local team of scientific / technical / operational and administrative staff
  • Paediatric and Reproductive Genetics Unit staff and administrative members

External:

  • NeuRA A/Prof Tony Roscioli, Group Leader, Neurogenomics
  • Alyssa Wilson, PreGen Program Manager
  • NSW Health Pathology Genetics Randwick and Victorian Clinical Genetics Service Laboratory leads, staff Pathologists and laboratory scientists

Responsibilities

  • Act in accordance with the laboratory’s quality system, the terms of accreditation, and applicable health and safety regulations
  • Work well within a team structure to promote a productive workplace
  • Participate in the clinical interpretation workflow to ensure that data are processed and reported in a timely manner within the quality system
  • Participate in a consultative clinical genomics service for clinicians, particularly in the analysis of complex and unexpected results
  • Participate in clinic-pathological meetings/ MDTs and promote good interdisciplinary relationships with colleagues and referring physicians
  • Carry out translational research and developmental work to enhance knowledge and improve the quality of service
  • Present the results of research, projects, meeting summaries and other topics to medical, scientific and other staff
  • Preparation of business cases and plans as required, including proposals for competitive funding bodies
  • Development and refining of research projects for students
  • Day-to-day management of students and junior staff
  • Maintaining required medical, specialist professional and indemnity registrations 
  • Provide genomic training to technical and scientific staff
  • Involvement in the development of software and database infrastructure for genomic analysis, genotype-phenotype correlation in conjunction with the genomic analysis team

Experience, knowledge and skills 

  • Experience in molecular genetic techniques and information technology
  • Professional training, qualifications and experience in genetics at an appropriate level
  • Ability to develop, manage and maintain internal and external relationships
  • Highly developed skills in facilitation and meeting leadership
  • Highly developed written and verbal communications skills
  • Experience leading, managing and working well within a team structure
  • Highly developed educational and communication skills
  • Experience in the field of genetics and/or bioinformatics and/or cellular and molecular biology and/or developmental biology
  • Experience with the interrogation of bioinformatic databased, including the analysis of next-generation sequencing data

To apply

To apply, submit your CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria via seek.com.au.

You must have the right to live and work in Australia.

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity and eliminating discrimination in all our employment policies and practices.

NeuRA acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, and extends respect to all Elders past, present, and emerging.


Student Positions

(PhD, MSc, Honours, UNSW Medicine ILP)

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 and further information on supplementary scholarships.

Scholarship for Masters / PhD in Multiple Sclerosis Research

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is a leader in brain and nervous system research. Our goal is to prevent, treat and cure brain and nervous system diseases, disorders and injuries through medical research.

Within the Falls, Balance and Injury Research Centre, we conduct research to improve our understanding of balance control and prevent falls and negative health outcomes in ageing and clinical groups with balance problems, using a range of study designs. In the last ten years, we have been investigating risk factors for falls in people with Multiple Sclerosis and devised exercise-based interventions to improve balance and reduce falls in this clinical group.

We are offering a scholarship for a full-time Masters or PhD student to work on a research project aiming to improve walking in people with Multiple Sclerosis. The project is funded by MS Research Australia and Multiple Sclerosis Limited and involves an initial cross-sectional study to determine the impact of muscle weakness on impaired walking in people with MS, followed by a randomised-controlled trial to test an effective approach to improve walking in people with MS.

The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Professor Stephen Lord, Dr Phu Hoang and Dr Jasmine Menant and will be enrolled within the School of Population Health at UNSW. They may be eligible to receive a scholarship of $30,000 pa for up to 3.5 years.

Essential criteria

  • an undergraduate / Honours / Masters degree in exercise physiology or a related discipline;
  • the candidate must meet the UNSW admission requirements for the Higher Degree Research.
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • excellent written English skills;
  • demonstrated organisational skills and attention to detail;
  • proven ability to work independently;

Desirable criteria

  • experience working with people with MS or other motor impairment.

The Position Description (PDF) can be viewed here.

For enquiries, please contact: Dr Jasmine Menant, j.menant@neura.edu.au. 

To apply please send your CV and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria to:  j.menant@neura.edu.au. 

Closing date: 31st May 2021

Scholarship for PhD in Parkinson's Disease

About the project

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a movement disorder characterised by cell death and the accumulation of alpha-synuclein protein in the form of Lewy bodies in specific brain regions. Alpha-synuclein also accumulates in dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), which is indistinguishable from PD at post-mortem, and together they are referred to as Lewy body disorders. Recent studies have identified a novel system of waste clearance in the brain known as the glymphatic system (Yankova et al 2021). It consists of a unique arrangement of channels involving blood vessels and astrocytes, which are inflammatory cells that play an integral role in brain health. Animal studies indicate that the proteins that accumulate during the neurodegenerative process are cleared from the brain into the glymphatic system, suggesting that impaired glymphatic function may underlie the neurodegenerative process. Interestingly, animal studies have also demonstrated regional variations in glymphatic system function, particularly in the midbrain, which is the brain region that undergoes severe degeneration in PD (Dobson et al 2017). Despite this knowledge, few studies have investigated structural changes in the glymphatic system in human brain tissue and no studies have determined whether alterationsin the glymphatic system coincide with the region-specific pathology that underlies Lewy body disorders.This project will use the valuable Sydney Brain Bank tissue resource to better understand the glymphatic system in Lewy body disease.

The study will investigate region-specific changes in glymphatic function and determine any association with the protein accumulation and cell death that gives rise to the clinical disease. These important human brain tissue studies will determine whether alterations in the glymphatic system underlie neurodegeneration in PD and DLB and whether improving glymphatic activity may represent an avenue for disease prevention and/or treatment.

About Neuroscience Research Australia

NeuRA (Neuroscience Research Australia) is a world-leading institute in Sydney, Australia. NeuRA is affiliated with UNSW (University of New South Wales), which is ranked in medical research in the global top 100 universities, and Prince of Wales Hospital, a major teaching hospital. Our research spans all aspects of neuroscience from the brain to the peripheral nerves and beyond. We are translating laboratory research to the clinic, from the cell to the community. Our students are future research leaders. In our vibrant research environment our students are supervised by internationally recognised experts in neuroscience. NeuRA has over 25 years history of high-quality research led by over 30 established research groups. PhD, Masters and Honours students have the opportunity to study in a custom-built neuroscience facility and work in a community of world leaders. NeuRA researchers undertaking studies that lead to a degree (PhD, Masters, Honours etc.) need to be enrolled at UNSW, who are the awarding body. This PhD scholarship will be carried out under the supervision of Dr Claire Shepherd and Professor Glenda Halliday at Neuroscience Research Australia.

Scholarship details

The scholarship will be administered by Neuroscience Research Australia and provides a tax-free stipend for a period of up to four years. The scholarship will provide astipend of $33,579 per annum (equivalent to a Government funded Research Training Program scholarship) plus a NeuRA supplementary scholarship of $5,000). Eligible graduates who hold an Australian RTP Award or a National Health and Medical Research Council or similar scholarship will be offered a Michael & Elizabeth Gilbert supplementary scholarship of $5,000 pa.

Eligibility

• You must be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent residency to be considered.

• You must have completed an Honours in Biological/Medical Science (or equivalent).

• To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity

Contact details

For further information about the research project please contact Dr Claire Shepherd Email: c.shepherd@neura.edu.au Tel: +61 2 93991690

Applications

Please submit your CV, including details of your academic record and relevant experience along with a cover letter addressing your research interests and motivation for undertaking this program of research to HR@neura.edu.au. Please title the email –Application for Michael & Elizabeth Gilbert Scholarship.

Applications will close on June 1st 2021.

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity and eliminating discrimination in all our employment policies and practices.NeuRA acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, and extends respect to all Elders past, present, and emerging.


Foundation Positions

Administration and Database Coordinator - 3 days per week

  • World-class medical research institute
  • Help conquer and cure brain and nervous system disease and disorder affecting millions
  • Become a key member of a dynamic team

About NeuRA

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is a leading independent medical research institute whose vision is to prevent and cure disease and disability of the brain and nervous system through leadership, excellence and innovation in neuroscience research. NeuRA has world-class research facilities and is based at Randwick in Sydney.

About the Role

Reporting to the Direct Marketing and CRM manager, the CRM Specialist is responsible for helping coordinate the administrative functions of the Foundation to ensure quality and timely communications with our donors and provide the Foundation team with resources and support to reduce the time spent on administration and reporting activities.

Responsibilities for the role include:

  • Be the first point of contact for the Foundation and provide great customer service for donors by assisting with all enquiries, questions and complaints.
  • Coordinate the end-to-end process of opening and sorting mail (during peak times this may be done by casual staff or volunteers under supervision), data-entering, producing banking, receipting and thanking existing supporters and donors in a timely, accurate and efficient manner.
  • Continuously review the administrative activities with the Foundation and use the technologies available to maximise the donor experience and minimise staff time spent on admin functions.

To excel in this role you will

  • Demonstrably high level of competence in using Raiser’s Edge 7 and NXT or similar CRM systems.
  • Experience in coordinating administration and associated tasks in a fundraising, marketing or sales environment
  • Self-motivated with good, positive communication skills and a proven commitment to delivering excellent customer service to all supporters

Highly regarded

  • Experience working in research, medical and/or health related environments
  • Tertiary qualifications in data, business analysis or IT

To apply

To apply, submit your CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria via seek.com.au.

Full Position Description (PDF) can be downloaded here.

Closing date: 12 May 2021

You must have the right to live and work in Australia.

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity and eliminating discrimination in all our employment policies and practices.

NeuRA acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, and extends respect to all Elders past, present, and emerging.


Operations Positions