Post-Doctoral Associate (343147)

Post-Doctoral Associate (343147)

(Job Posting ID: 343147)

The Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team-Health Equity (MKMDT), University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus, is focused on diabetes and dementia and issues of health equity for Indigenous and rural communities. We assume a syndemic approach to illness and disease and promote strength-based community-based approaches to research. The MKMDT works collaboratively with Faculty Investigators from the Department of Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health, and academic and community research partners throughout the Great Lakes Region, Canada, Alaska, and internationally.

Research on Dementia, diabetes and other chronic conditions related to aging in Indigenous and/or rural communities. Candidates with other, related interests in health equity, capacity building, health systems, intervention studies, health education and training are also encouraged to apply.

This post-doctoral associate will pursue a program of research and service that will further development of career skills and allow them opportunities for engagement in community and academic affairs.

Research and Knowledge Transfer/dissemination (70%)

Under minimal supervision, the post-doctoral associate will…

  • Develop and execute a research program focused on dementia, diabetes and/or other chronic conditions in Indigenous and/or rural communities.
  • Apply for external post-doctoral awards in support of their position and research program.
  • Be responsible for building relationships with relevant community partner organizations to develop ways to improve outcomes through health services research with Indigenous and rural populations.
  • Collect research data, analyze and disseminate to study investigators.
  • Prepare oral and conference presentations
  • Develop, write and edit specialized content for communications and scholarly publication as well as for various public audiences, including electronic mediums newsletters, email updates, flyers, ads, brochures, and the MKMDT website.

Research/Administration (30%)

  •  Under the guidance of Dr. Henderson the post-doctoral associate will be included in MKMDT research opportunities on dementia, diabetes and other chronic conditions in Indigenous and rural communities.
  • Will gain experience collaborative grant writing and NIH application processes.
  • Collaborate with faculty, staff, and administration in organizing meetings (on and off-site), conferences and in editing and revising materials for publication.
  • Travel to community events and meetings as is necessary
  • Work collaboratively with the MKMDT team on research, policy and community opportunities that broadly impact dementia, diabetes and other chronic conditions in Indigenous and rural communities.

To discover more about the Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team go to:


Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in health or social sciences

Restrictions: Annually renewable up to five years depending on training needs.  The individual may be immediately post-degree or returning for additional training, updating, and retooling.  Limited to fields for which post-degree training is necessary for career entry.  Post-doctoral associates cannot be appointed on sponsored institutional training grants, sponsored individual fellowship or training awards.  Post-doctoral associates are University of Minnesota employees.  They are receiving additional training while also performing services for the University, for which they are compensated.

Note: these are not positions to which permanent residency can be granted for international appointees.

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 inter-professional teams

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online.  To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.  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.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


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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. 


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