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The Sleep Medicine Training Program recognizes that disparities characterize sleep health in the community, and the sleep and circadian research community. We are committed to enriching the learning environment for all trainees by promoting a culture of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission of developing the next generation of sleep and circadian scientists. We welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

The University of Pittsburgh does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Our faculty are committed to training and professional development across a range of experiences, from undergraduate through postdoctoral fellowship.  We are excited to share these opportunities below:

Postdoctoral Research Opportunities

The Center for Sleep and Circadian Science at the University of Pittsburgh is highly invested in providing education and training to the next generation of sleep and circadian researchers and clinicians. We are proud of our NHLBI-funded T32 postdoctoral fellowship, entitled “Translational Research Training in Sleep Medicine.” This program primarily focuses on postdoctoral training of PhD- and MD-level trainees, but includes a secondary focus on mentored medical student research.

Medical Student Research Opportunities

Medical student summer program: This is a 10 to 12 week NIH funded individualized research experience with a sponsoring mentor that includes didactics directly linked to student research projects, and opportunities to interact with potential role models and peers.

Medical student scholarly project: This is a longer term involvement through the School of Medicine Scholarly Project.

Interest applicants should complete the online form or contact Linda Willrich, the program administrator at

Clinical Training

We offer clinical training through our Behavioral Sleep Medicine training fellowship, which is accredited by the Society for Behavioral Sleep Medicine. Please contact us if you are interested in this type of training.

Additional Opportunities

In addition to these programs, our faculty are involved in a number of other education and/or training opportunities. These include other T32 postdoctoral fellowships on Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine Research Training, Training for Transformative Discovery in Psychiatry, Clinical Research in Geriatric Psychiatry, Clinical Research Training for Psychologists, Translational Pulmonary Vascular Biology, and Epidemiology of Aging.

Furthermore, our faculty have also been in directed research through the Psychology department and others, the Hot Metal Bridge Program, the Breckenridge Summer Research Fellowships, Health Sciences Summer Research Fellowships through the Honors College, and Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Fellowships.

Finally, the weekly Multidisciplinary Sleep Conferences a provide opportunities for education and to meet fellow researchers interested in sleep and circadian rhythms. These meetings include Research in Progress (RIP), Clinical Practice Updates, Journal Club, and Sleep Grand Rounds presentations by Pitt faculty and guest speakers.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about any of these programs!