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Postdoctoral Training Opportunity - Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and Cardiometabolic Health

A postdoctoral position is available in the Center for Circadian & Sleep Medicine under the mentorship of Kristen Knutson, PhD. Her research program primarily focuses on the links between sleep and circadian rhythms and cardiometabolic disease in humans. The specific project on which the postdoctoral trainee will work is an R01-funded study to add polysomnography to an ongoing cohort study in Brazil.

This project’s goal is to understand the association between sleep and cardiovascular and metabolic function, with a particular focus on the spectral power of the EEG data. Experience in these areas is a plus, but training will be provided to the successful applicant in order to diversify and enhance research skills. The postdoctoral trainee will be expected to assist with the ongoing research study and will be trained on these methodologies. They will also be expected to lead the analysis of data, presentations of findings at national meetings, and writing of manuscripts for publication under the mentorship of Dr. Knutson. 


  • The candidate must have a PhD or MD degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution or have received the degree(s) by the start of training.
  • Postdoctoral applicants must have received their degree no more than 5 years ago.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or be eligible to work in the United States (after obtaining appropriate visa).

Interested candidates should email a cover letter briefly describing research interests, curriculum vitae (CV), and names and contact information for three (3) references to Dr. Kristen Knutson at:

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.