NeuRA is committed to recruiting, training and retaining researchers, students and staff of the highest calibre.

What started in 1990 as discussion around a kitchen table between four scientists has now become a 300-person strong institute with 28 research groups and purpose-built facilities. Based in the Randwick Health and Innovation Precinct, Sydney, we support the most passionate scientists leading the most promising research and maintain a steadfast commitment to recruiting, training and retaining researchers, students and staff of the highest calibre.

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.

All current 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. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Our values

These are the values by which we live and work:


We do things that matter to the world


We are outward-looking and work on projects much bigger than ourselves


We are rigorous and set high standards in all that we do


We are honest with others and with ourselves


We are respectful and inclusive with colleagues and partners

Current career opportunities

Research assistant (RA-C) position

Applications are sought for a research assistant position at Neuroscience Research Australia to work on a project focused on implementation of reablement and rehabilitation for people living with dementia: ‘Bridging the implementation gap: maximising everyday function for people with dementia’. The research assistant will be asked to assist with a range of tasks such as ethics, recruitment, data collection, survey management, implementation support, and data analysis.

The position is full-time (1.0 FTE) for 18 months.

Overview of the role

This is a national project, however, each of the studies within the project will be conducted remotely, i.e. via email, OneDrive, Teams, survey (Qualtrics). The research assistant will be expected to provide effective research support within the project to ensure project activities are conducted efficiently and in adherence with research protocols, timelines, and all NeuRA/UNSW ethical standards.

Encouraging Indigenous Applications

NeuRA is committed to achieving a diverse workforce and strongly encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply for this position.

Specific tasks include:
  • Provide high level administrative and research support to the project team, and ensure that the project adheres to research protocols, timelines, and all ethical standards.
  • Assist with ethics applications and modifications.
  • Facilitate recruitment into various study projects. This will involve liaising with community aged care providers, allied health professionals, and people living with dementia and their informal carers.
  • Assist with design and coordination of a Delphi survey using Qualtrics.
  • Undertake data collection throughout the various study projects, and enter data into relevant databases.
  • Develop and/or maintain detailed filing systems, spreadsheets, databases, websites and other administrative systems.
  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders. This will include responding to a range of telephone and email enquiries from internal and external stakeholders, and the provision of implementation support to providers implementing reablement within their service.
  • Draft agendas, minutes, correspondence, briefing notes, and guidelines for specific committees and meetings as required.

The research assistant will work closely with the research team and Dr Claire O’Connor.

Essential criteria

The research assistant will have a background in allied health, health sciences, or nursing, with experience working in aged care or with people with cognitive impairment. Strong written and oral communication skills are also required.

Desirable criteria

Master’s or honour’s degree in health-related field (e.g. psychology, allied health, nursing). Excellent time management and organisational skills, the ability to work well independently and as part of a team, manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines, experience with human research ethics, and knowledge of online survey methodologies.

Our values

Our values are the essence of our organisation – they are the principles that we live by, and are at the core

of everything we do. NeuRA’s values are: Impact. Collaboration. Respect. Excellence. Integrity. Innovation.

NeuRA is committed to improving research quality. Our goals are to:

  • Raise awareness
  • Educate, Train & Foster
  • Promote Openness
  • Adopt Improvement
How to Apply

For more information or a confidential chat about the role, please contact name of Claire O’Connor @

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To apply, submit your CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria via

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Please note that applications will not be accepted via other mediums i.e. email.

Closing date: 30 April 2024

Director, Betty Lynch Bipolar Research Centre
About the Role

NeuRA is seeking for a Professorial level academic research leader with a distinguished national and international profile in bipolar disorder research to serve as the new Director of Betty Lynch Bipolar Research Centre.

The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate outstanding leadership capabilities, spearhead research in bipolar disorder at NeuRA and translate their discoveries into clinical impact, by:

  1. Establishing a nationally/internationally acclaimed centre for bipolar research, complete with capability to translate discoveries to patient care to improve health outcomes.
  2. The role may extend across bipolar spectrum disorders, including linkage with neurological and neurodegenerative disease states, to explore shared disease mechanisms, including structural brain imaging and network function.
  3. Work effectively with NeuRA founding partners, the University of New South Wales and the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District to contribute to those partners as well as driving collaborations
  4. Be the Australian flagship of bipolar research
  5. Establish a training centre for bipolar disease researchers
  6. Build future leaders/teams in neuroscience research.
Does this sound like you?

The key selection criteria for this position includes:

  • Proven track record in research leadership in the area of bipolar disorder, with publications of high quality and high international impact, with clear evidence of the desire and ability to continually achieve research excellence and deliver research leadership.
  • Demonstrated academic excellence and outstanding contribution to research and scholarship.
  • Successful leadership in building engagement and partnerships with the profession, stakeholders, industry and the broader community.
To apply

To apply, submit your CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria via

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Closing date: 30 June 2024

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.

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