Graduate Research Assistant – 9521

Graduate Research Assistant – 9521

(Job Posting ID: 340778)

Required Qualifications:

• Evidence of ability to work independently
• Detail-oriented
• Demonstrated ability to work with a team
• Strong organizational abilities
• Computer proficiency and experience with basic software including MS office programs (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint); ability to learn new software programs as needed
• Ability to multi-task multiple projects with multiple deadlines
• Strong spoken and written communications skills
• Must be able to handle and protect confidential and sensitive data

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience working with American Indian and/or Alaska Native communities
*Ability and interest to travel to Alaska 

The Research Assistant (RA) will join a new research team headed by Jordan P. Lewis, PhD with the Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team, University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus. Research is focused on the exploration of successful aging among Alaska Native Elders in two culturally distinct regions of Alaska. We assume a holistic and relational approach to aging and promote strength-based community-based approaches to research.

The specific duties of this position will include:  Helping with the prep work for the Elder Advisory Committees, scheduling interviews, drafting Elder Advisory Committee agendas, note-taking, creating packets, assisting with study paperwork. Conduct literature reviews, assist with manuscript preparation, data coding, knowledge translation exchange activities, creating posters, and community presentations.

Time commitment:  40 hours/week during the summer; 20 hours/week during the school year

Number of positions:  1

Start Date: Immediate (open to discussion)


About the Job

The Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team­Health Equity (MK­MDT), University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus, is focused on diabetes and dementia and issues of health equity for aging adults in Indigenous and rural communities. We promote strength-based and community-based approaches to research. The MK­MDT works collaboratively with Faculty Investigators from the Departments of Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health and Biomedical Sciences, and academic and community research partners throughout the Great Lakes Region including Canada. Reporting to the Associate Director, this researcher will be responsible for research activities to assist multiple research projects focused on dementia, diabetes, Indigenous diet and other age-related chronic conditions in rural and Indigenous communities.


About the Department

The mission of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus is to be a national leader in improving healthcare access and outcomes in rural Minnesota and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.


We do this by:

Educating medical students dedicated to serving rural Minnesota and American Indian/Alaska Native communities Fostering excellence in research
Emphasizing the training of physicians in Family Medicine
Creating strong partnerships locally, regionally, nationally and internationally Working in innovative, interdisciplinary and inter­professional teams


The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
Excellent retirement plans with employer match
Disability and employer paid life insurance
Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
Student loan forgiveness opportunity
Opportunities for growth and promotion
Employee Assistance Program


Please include CV

**This position is located off campus at 624 E. 1st St., Suite 201, Duluth MN 55805**

How To Apply
Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please go to:, External Applicants, and search by Job Code “340778” or by Duluth location. There you will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents in the “My Cover Letters and Attachments” section.
This position will remain open until filled.



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About the U of M

University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD)

The University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD) consistently ranks among the top Midwestern, regional universities in U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” issue.

Overlooking Lake Superior, UMD provides an alternative to both large research and small liberal arts environments and attracts students looking for a personalized learning experience on a medium-sized campus of a major university.  A firm liberal arts foundation anchors a variety of traditional degree programs, as well as professional and graduate students that draw on UMD’s many research institutes and labs.