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We have opporunities for students to do:
Clinical Psychiatry Training
Research Higher Degrees including AMS, Honours, Masters and PhD

Melbourne Neurospychiatry Centre trains and supervises  undergraduate and postgraduate students from different disciplines:

  • Clinical Psychiatry Training
  • Neuropsychology
  • Melbourne Neuropscyhiatry Centre is involved in the teaching in psychiatry to undergraduate students from the University of Melbourne's MBBS degree, as part of their rotations in psychiatry. This training is implemented through the Clinical Units at the Adult Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit at Sunshine Hospial and the Neuropsychiatry Unit at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. This historically has been in the fifth year of training, where students are involved in inpatient and outpatient patient review, and ward meetings, to gain clinical exposure and experience in the presentation, diagnosis and management of neuropsychiatric illness. With the move to a new medical course, NU will have a continuing role as chief specialist Neuropsychiatry Unit within Victoria in providing education and training to society's future doctors.

    In addition, the unit takes medical trainees in their Advanced Medical Science (AMS) year, where individuals undertake research to gain a Bachelor of Medical Science degree (BMedSci), now a compulsory part of the University of Melbourne medical degree. Past and current students have been involved in examining the performance of normal controls on the NUCOG, a cognitive assessment tool developed in the NU, and aspects of genetic testing for Huntington's disease. Current medical students who are interested in a research placement within the unit should visit this University of Melbourne web site to find out more about the NU's offered placements.

  • Research Higher Degrees including AMS, Honours, Masters and PhD

Available Projects starting in 2019


Available Projects starting in 2018


Available Projects starting in 2017


Honours and Masters

  • Download the Honours project report (Word)

Available Projects starting in 2016


Available Projects starting in 2015

Masters and PhD


  • Download the Honours project report (Word)

PostDoc Positions

Visitor Process

Language, Visa and academic requirements.

We regularly host visitors at Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre, in particular international Masters/PhD-level students and post-doctoral fellows seeking to further their development in neuroimaging research. Within the last 12 months alone, we have hosted visitors on short-term research stays (< 6 months) from North America, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Japan and Brazil. We currently host 2 international students enrolled in PhD programmes at The University of Melbourne. We have also hosted post-doctoral and clinician researchers on long-term stays (> 2 years) funded by international research training fellowships.

Individuals seeking to join MNC in such a capacity are encouraged to make first contact with a senior member of the Centre (Directors and Executive committee) who will be able advise on our available infrastructure and administrative procedures.


Areas of research.

  • Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
  • Western Health
  • The Murdoch Research Institute (The Royal Children's Hospital)
  • The Florey Institute, The University of Melbourne
  • The Centre of Neural Engineering, The University of Melbourne
  • The Austin Pet Centre
  • The Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • Headspace centres
  • Monash Biomedical Imaging, Monash University

Current Employment Opportunities

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position at The University of Melbourne
Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre, Department of Psychiatry

A/Prof Sarah Whittle and Dr. Julian Simmons seek a postdoctoral research fellow to work on a number of longitudinal studies that aim to characterise neurodevelopmental risk/resilience for mental health problems in children and adolescents. A full or part-time position is available; FTE is flexible to accommodate the most suitable applicant. This position is for one year (or longer if part-time), with the possibility of an extension depending on grant funding. Start date is asap.

We are looking for a postdoctoral scientist with strong quantitative skills. The successful candidate will primarily be responsible for conducting data analysis for both cross-sectional and longitudinal data spanning a broad range of modalities (e.g., behavioural, neuroimaging, neuroendocrine); assisting the Investigators with data analyses; supervising postgraduate students; and writing scientific papers and presentations. Additional opportunities to work on other ongoing studies are also available.

Position qualifications include a PhD in developmental or quantitative psychology, neuroscience, mathematics, or statistics (note that individuals close to completion of their PhD, or appropriately qualified individuals without a PhD may be considered); strong statistical skills and experience with statistical analysis packages (particularly SPSS, Stata, R, and/or MPlus); ability to work independently and in a team environment on multiple tasks and projects and to share expertise through training others.

Desired (not required) skills include: Experience with longitudinal statistical analysis; experience with specialized software programs for neuroimaging analysis (FSL, MATLAB, SPM, FreeSurfer); experience with fMRI analysis; experience with neuroendocrine assaying and analysis; experience with structural equation modelling. Excellent scientific writing skills are also desired.

Please send a letter of research interests, a CV, and contact information for three references to Sarah Whittle ( and Julian Simmons ( Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Please direct all other employment-related enquiries to Barbara Stachlewski.
( Contact her at email address: barbaras AT )