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Concussion Research Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jan 18, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology & Physical Education, Other Health & Medicine, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Psychology
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The Concussion Research Laboratory and UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh have an opening for a research postdoctoral fellow starting July-August 2022.


The fellow will receive training and mentoring in clinical research design and methods, scientific and grant writing, professional presentations, peer-review, and career development. The fellow will also assist faculty and staff in the development of grant proposals for external funding from NIH, DoD, and other funding agencies. The fellow will work independently and with program faculty on peer-reviewed papers, and have the opportunity to mentor undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, as well as clinical fellows. For more information about the Concussion Research Laboratory please see:


Current areas of research in the Concussion Research Laboratory include, but are not limited to:


  • Multiple randomized clinical trials (RCT) of active, targeted treatments for concussion
  • Concussion clinical profiles
  • Concussion risk/modifying factors
  • Multidomain clinical assessments for concussion
  • Vestibular and ocular symptoms/impairment following concussion
  • Long-term effects of sport participation and concussion on brain health
  • Saliva-based biomarkers in pediatric concussion and concussion clinical profiles
  • Neuroimaging and anxiety in pediatric mTBI
  • Health disparities in concussion clinical care and outcomes
  • Concussion and women’s health
  • Concussion in military service members
  • Pediatric concussion
  • Concussion in older adults


About the Program

The Concussion Research Laboratory in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh is one of the premier concussion clinical research programs in the U.S. The Concussion Research Laboratory is part of the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, which sees approximately 7,000 patients annually for concussion. The program produces over 40 peer-reviewed publications annually with research funding from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Football League, among other funding agencies. The University of Pittsburgh was ranked in the top 10 in NIH research support in the U.S., and was named a top public university in the Northeast in 2020 by the Wall Street Journal. The Concussion Research Laboratory is located on the banks of the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh’s historic Southside neighborhood. Pittsburgh is consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the U.S., with a low cost of living, and outstanding access to cultural, sport, entertainment, and dining activities.



We are seeking doctorate level (e.g., PhD, MD/PhD) candidates with concussion research interests aligned with one or more of the clinical research focus areas listed above. Candidates must have obtained their doctorate degree prior to the start date. Experience in concussion research (publications, grants, presentations), proficiency in data analysis and analytical writing, and familiarity with multidomain concussion assessments preferred. Priority will be given to candidates with a strong publication record in concussion or related areas. Salary is commensurate with NIH guidelines and experience as a post-doc and fellows are classified as benefits-eligible employees.


Questions about this position can be directed to:

Dr. Anthony P. Kontos, Research Director/Professor-

Dr. Micky Collins, Clinical Director/Professor- 


To Apply:

Please complete all application materials at the University of Pittsburgh’s posting for this position in the Talent Center:


Review of applications will begin January 31, 2022


Interviews with qualified candidates will be conducted virtually (e.g., Zoom, Teams) or in person at the University of Pittsburgh, and virtually at the 2022 INS Conference in New Orleans.


The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity, EOE, including disability/vets.


The University of Pittsburgh requires all Pitt constituents (employees and students) on all campuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. Visit to learn more about this requirement.

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