Based in the Hunter region, NSW Australia, HMRI boasts more than 1500 affiliated researchers, research students and support staff employed by the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Area Health and Calvary Mater Newcastle.

The HMRI building is located on the John Hunter Hospital campus in Newcastle and offers the most advanced and cutting edge research facilities and services in the area. With a unique position located strategically to bring together University researchers and clinical staff, HMRI is a research hub, providing a focal point for coordinating strategy, resources and funding to improve the health of both the local and global community.

We have a stimulating environment to attract top researchers to live and work here in the Hunter with the expertise and facilities to build collaborations anywhere in the world.

Health and medical research communities in Europe, Asia, North and South America, and all points of the globe are looking to link and work with researchers in the Hunter Region.

HMRI is always on the lookout for talented individuals to join our dynamic team. The HMRI Corporate Office attracts passionate and dedicated people to support health and medical research across the Institute.

At HMRI, you will be a part of a friendly and supportive team which:

  • Provides rewarding and flexible work arrangements
  • Gains job satisfaction from working hard to achieve goals
  • Values working with our key stakeholders, the University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Area Health Service
  • Is innovative and dynamic in furthering health and medical research
  • Are fun and extremely hard-working

If you exude warmth, possess the highest standards of professionalism and are passionate about delivering high-quality not-for-profit engagement, HMRI may be the right fit for you.

Research Positions

HMRI provides financial support in the form of research grants and infrastructure funding to affiliated researchers. All academic and clinical research positions are advertised through our partner organisations - University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Area Health Service.

If you already undertake research in the area and wish to become a HMRI affiliated researcher, please complete the online registration form. We encourage any person undertaking health or medical research in the Hunter to register as a HMRI Affiliated Researcher.

By registering as an affiliated researcher with us, HMRI can offer a variety of services and facilities to enable your research.

Current Research Employment Opportunites

Research Assistant - HMRI Healthy Minds Research Program

The Healthy Minds Research Assistant will support the project team to collate, categorise, and review published literature, experimental data, and wider information in the field, with the aim of generating a clear and justified platform for development of the Healthy Minds MindPulse app, data harmonisation collaboration platform and community healthy ageing initiative (CHAI). The Research Assistant will support the development of strategy and project planning, conduct high-level theoretical research and analysis, and provide clear reports to the project team. The Research Assistant will work independently to progress the collection of materials and will collaborate effectively with the project team (manager, executive team, advisory groups) to ensure inputs and insights from the team and the advisory groups are incorporated into work strategies and documents produced as part of the project.

Please download full position description here

To apply, please send a 1-page cover letter detailing your experience and interest in the position, and CV to
PhD Scholarship - Utilising eHealth to support the mental health of people with diabetes

The Project

This PhD is part of a broader project, the Diabetes Alliance Program Plus (DAP+). DAP+ is an extension of the DAP, which involves upskilling and educating general practitioners, practice nurses and other health professionals on diabetes care, successfully improving access to specialist diabetes services in the Hunter region. DAP+ aims to broaden the lifestyle offerings of the original program through the integration of digital health modules that individuals can access at any time from any location, focused on promoting nutrition, physical activity, and mental health.

This specific PhD project will concentrate on improving the mental health of individuals within the DAP+ project through a purpose-built digital program. The PhD student would be involved in an exploration of the unique mental health needs of individuals with diabetes through literature reviews and qualitative interviews. Digital modules for mental health will be designed for these individuals based on this evidence.

The PhD student will work under the joint supervision of Dr Jane Rich (University of Newcastle), A/Prof Shamasunder Acharya (Clinical Director, Endocrinology and Diabetes) and Dr Dara Sampson (University of Newcastle).


  • Completed tertiary studies that are at least equivalent to a 4-year honours degree at an Australian university with a minimum result of second-class division I honours in the field of psychology, social work, nursing, public health, or a related discipline;
  • Interest in mental health, comorbidity, and their impact on physical health outcomes
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills for effective research, collaboration and engagement;
  • Exceptional organisation and time management skills;
  • It is essential that applicants meet the University of Newcastle’s requirements for graduate research eligibility.

Candidate Cohort


Degree type


Expression of Interest deadline

30th November 2023. Applicants will be selected based on academic merit and strength of supporting documentation. Interviews will take place to determine final applicant selection.

Scholarship Details

HDR Project Opportunity Type: HDR Scholarship and Opportunity

Details of Advertised Scholarship

$32,000 (2023 rate) per annum indexed annually. For a PhD candidate, the living allowance scholarship is for 3.5 years and the tuition fee scholarship is for four years.

Source of Scholarship Funding

University of Newcastle, Hunter Medical Research Institute, Colonial Foundation

Scholarship commencement deadline

Semester 1 2024. Applicants will be advised of the outcome by end of May 2024. Applicants should note that the offer of a PhD place must be taken on a full-time basis, commencing in 2024.


For more information about the position, you can contact Dara Sampson via email at

To apply, please send an electronic copy of 1) your Curriculum Vitae, 2) a transcript of your grades, 3) a letter explaining your interest in the position and 3) and a proposal that specifically links you to the research project to with the title: DAP+ Mental Health PhD Scholarship.

Current HMRI Corporate Employment Opportunities

Events Specialist - Philanthropy

Philanthropic events enable HMRI to connect with its current and future supporters. The Philanthropic Events Specialist assists both the Philanthropy Team and the HMRI Foundation Event Committee, in the planning, promotion and delivery of events to achieve business plan objectives. This is an opportunity to join an engaged, committed, and progressive team where your input is valued.

For more information please find the job advertisement on Seek here
This position is being recruited by PeopleFusion
Events Specialist

Events enable HMRI to connect with its current and future supporters, stakeholders, and the wider community. Reporting into the Head of Marketing and Communications, The Events Specialist will partner with internal sponsors to plan, promote, and deliver events to achieve HMRI objectives. This is an opportunity to join an engaged, committed, and progressive team where your input is valued.

For more information please find the job advertisement on Seek here
This position is being recruited by PeopleFusion
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