Post-Doctoral Associate — Alaska Native Focus (344314)

Post-Doctoral Associate — Alaska Native Focus (344314)

(Job Posting ID: 344314)

The Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team – Health Equity (MK-MDT), the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus, is focused on research concerning aging, cognitive health, and dementia in rural and Indigenous communities. Our modern facilities have been thoughtfully constructed to foster team science approaches to research and well-being. The MK-MDT faculty investigators work collaboratively with academic and community research partners throughout the Great Lakes Region, Alaska, and internationally.

The post-doctoral associate will split their time conducting research related to the NSF-funded study exploring successful aging in Alaska Native communities and participating in research activities aligned with the goals of the Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team – Health Equity. They will also be expected to support MK-MDT faculty programs of research by assisting with grant writing, research design, data collection, data analysis and dissemination.

Candidates with interests in healthy aging, health equity, capacity building, community-based participatory research, intervention studies, rural and remote health in Alaska, health education and training related to brain health and/or dementia are encouraged to apply.

Research (70%)

  • Conduct community-based participatory research in Alaska Native successful aging in rural Alaska and/or American Indian populations in Minnesota
  • Contribute to existing MKMDT programs of research
  • Write grant applications
  • Review and synthesize research literature, conduct systematic and critical reviews
  • Community engagement
  • Data collection
  • Data analysis
  • Prepare conference presentations
  • Preparing and submitting manuscripts

Research/Administraction (30%)

  • Collaborate with Graduate Research Assistant in organizing meetings (on and off-site), and in editing and revising materials for publications and presentations.
  • Travel to community events and meetings as necessary for project related activities
  • Work collaboratively with the research team on research, policy and community opportunities that broadly impact successful aging in rural Alaska Native communities.
  • Work collaboratively with Dr. Lewis and tribal community partners on a data management and dissemination plans.
  • Organizing meetings (in person, virtual)
  • Supporting participant recruitment efforts
  • Prepare briefing notes, background reports, presentations, and other meeting materials
  • Other duties as assigned

Time Commitment: 100% – 1.0 FTE

Number of Positions: 1

Please include cover letter and CV.


Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in health or social sciences, Indigenous health, gerontology, anthropology. Must live in Alaska and attend virtual research team meetings.

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative, mixed methods research methods
  • Experience related to research projects with Indigenous and/or rural communities.
  • Knowledge and understanding of gerontology, rural community health
  • Experience drafting or writing grant applications, ethics protocols and research reports
  • Demonstrated experience with knowledge transfer; ability to write for diverse audiences
  • Project coordination skills
  • Experience in community outreach and community engagement
  • Knowledge and awareness of Indigenous and rural health and Indigenous health research ethics.
  • Ability and interest to travel to Alaska

About the Department

Based at the Medical School’s Duluth Campus, the Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team on Rural and American Indian Health Equity (MK-MDT) is one of four University of Minnesota Medical School Medical Discovery Team’s funded by the State of Minnesota legislature. The Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team is a $15.6 million, ten-year initiative to achieve the state’s goals of improving patient and population health, lowering costs and improving healthcare experiences.

Located in downtown Duluth, the Medical Discovery Team resides in a newly renovated team science workspace that encompasses multiple research offices and meeting spaces for faculty and staff.

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

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

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.

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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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