Research Assistant

CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs
Healthcare & Medical
Clinical/Medical Research
Full time
Posted 5d ago

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 Schizophrenia Research Laboratory 

The Schizophrenia Research Laboratory (SRL) endeavours to delineate the basis of schizophrenia, a devastating mental illness which first manifests during adolescence, by bridging the molecular neurodevelopmental and cognitive neuronal systems approaches.


About the Role

We are seeking a highly motivated individual with laboratory experience and knowledge of molecular biology techniques and neuroanatomy to join our dynamic team of scientists. You will be responsible for supporting research projects on the elucidation of molecular and cellular pathology in schizophrenia. This position will entail providing technical support for gene and protein measurements in rodent and human post-mortem brain tissue, and routine laboratory duties. Please view the Position Description for more details. 

The position is full-time (35 hours per week). 

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


Essential Selection Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience or related science-based disciplines with Honours and/or a minimum of one-year experience in a laboratory environment.
  • Knowledge of brain neuroanatomy.
  • Experience of molecular biology techniques such as nucleic acid and protein isolation, quantitative RT-PCR, and western blotting. 
  • Working knowledge or experience in histological and immunohistochemical techniques and microscopy (e.g. epifluorescence, confocal).
  • Proven ability to show attention to detail, and to accurately plan, execute and document experimental research.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Laboratory administration experience.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience working with post-mortem human and/or rodent brain tissue.
  • Experience working in mental health research.
  • Experience in the use of microscopy and imaging software such as Stereo Investigator and Image J.
  • Experience in the use of statistical packages such as IBM SPSS Statistics.


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 Inara Bebris:

To view the full position description, please visit: 

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

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

Closing date: 22 October 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.

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