PhD and Post-Doc Positions at the University of Pittsburgh

The Neuromuscular Research Laboratory/Warrior Human Performance Research Center (NMRL/WHPRC) in the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences has multiple PhD fellowships available with 4 yrs. of funding for the Fall 2022 academic year for exceptionally well qualified and motivated candidates with interests in human performance optimization, physiological adaptations to physical training with an emphasis on biomarkers, load monitoring via wearable technology, neurobiology, and injury epidemiology. The successful candidate will work on externally funded studies exploring hormonal, metabolic, biochemical, body composition, muscle, neurobiological, and bone adaptations to exercise training studies and military field studies. The NMRL/WHPRC also has a strong military-centric human performance optimization research portfolio. Candidates with backgrounds and coursework in exercise physiology, physiology, neurobiology, neuroscience, biology, endocrinology, biochemistry, metabolism, public health, biostatistics, epidemiology, nutrition, chemistry, and molecular biology are encouraged to apply. Candidates with an MS degree with thesis and/or previous relevant work experience are preferred.

The NMRL/WHPRC is the applied research facility for the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition, within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. The laboratory is a state-of- the-science human performance research facility encompassing 11,600 square feet of space and is equipped with comprehensive shared laboratory with extensive, applied physiology assessment capabilities, a biochemistry laboratory, a neurobiology laboratory, and a body composition laboratory.

In order to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 1 April 2022. Questions can be directed to the director of the NMRL/WHPRC, Dr. Bradley C. Nindl (, Dr. Shawn Flanagan (, or Dr. Mita Lovalekar ( Application
materials should be sent to Mrs. Ouahiba Boukaabar ( Include a cover letter stating interest, curriculum vitae, transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for three (3) professional references.

Additional information describing the NMRL/WHPRC can be found here.


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