Research Professional 4 – 8352R4

Research Professional 4 – 8352R4

(Job Posting ID: 340779)


The Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team-Health Equity (MK-MDT), University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus, is focused on 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 MK-MDT 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. Reporting to the PI, this researcher will be responsible for research activities related to the NSF-funded study exploring successful aging in Alaska Native communities.


Required qualifications

MA/MS and at least 5 years of experience or advanced degree and 3 years of experience or a combination of related education and work experience to equal 9 years. 


Preferred qualifications

  • PhD (or MA with extensive experience) in social work, psychology, health science, social sciences, public health, medical sociology, or other health related discipline
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in a research role
  • 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



Research and data (80%)

  • Assisting in preparing research proposals, grant applications and ethics applications
  • Reviewing and synthesizing research literature; conducting critical reviews
  • Conducting qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research
  • Management of project timelines and deliverables for large scale projects, along with multiple smaller related research projects
  • Act as a research coordinator in collaboration with the Principal Investigator
  • Research data collection, analysis and dissemination 
  • Draft research articles, manuscripts, PowerPoint presentations, and reports
  • Oversee the development of graphics and tools related to successful aging and aging in rural Alaska
  • Serve as an expert resource to project staff

Community Engagement (20%)

  • Coordinate and facilitate research meetings with community partners in Alaska 
  • Prepare briefing notes, background literature, and other meeting materials
  • Participate in community engagement activities to support research collaborations with community partners
  • Prepare presentations and reports to community partners, agencies, and tribal governing bodies.
  • Serve on committees as requested representing the Medical Discovery team.


Time commitment:  40 hours/week during each year (3 year study)

Number of positions:  1

Start Date: Immediate (open to discussion)


Please include CV

**This position can be located in Duluth MN 55805 or Alaska**

How To Apply
Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please go to:, External Applicants, and search by Job Code “340779” 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.

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This position will remain open until filled.

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