T32 Training Grant

T32 Predoctoral and Postdoctoral
Training Grant Focused on Auditory and Vestibular Neuroscience


The department of Otolaryngology and PHRC, and in collaboration with the department of Neurobiology offer the T32 grant "Training in Auditory and Vestibular Neuroscience" to support the stipends and fellowships as well as some of the research costs of graduate students and postdocs in affiliated faculty laboratories. The research-oriented program aims to help students develop into outstanding interdisciplinary auditory and vestibular scientists through training in basic neuroscience and the clinical aspects of hearing and balance disorders.

The program brings together a group of many preceptors spanning the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University committed to training scientists who are interested in auditory and vestibular neuroscience research. The research methodology employed by the preceptors ranges from cellular and molecular to developmental to systems and cognition using a variety of model systems, ensuring that trainees are exposed to the breadth and variety of technical and conceptual approaches that define modern research in the field. In addition to conducting research, it is expected that trainees will participate in monthly research seminars and professional development workshops in "survival skills" (i.e., written and oral communication, obtaining jobs and grants, teaching, and research lab management). As part of the program, trainees are required to submit a fellowship application in which the writing will be facilitated by periodic meetings with a local committee that provides advice and guidance, as well as utilizing grant-writing workshops provided by the Office of Academic Career Development. Training in responsible scientific conduct is an integral part of the professional development workshops, the core curriculum, and laboratory training. A solid structure is in place to mentor the trainees and monitor their progress through the program.

For the next funding period, starting July 1, 2022, three predoctoral and two postdoctoral positions are open.

Our program is committed to equality of opportunity, diversity, and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, and individuals across color, faith, race, ethnic and national origin, physical ability, gender, and sexual identity. For more information and instructions of how to apply please contact the co-PIs of this Award: Drs. Kandler (kkarl@pitt.edu) and Yates (BYATES@pitt.edu).