Researcher 1 – AMICA (348521)

Researcher 1 – AMICA (348521)

(Job Posting ID: 348521)

Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team (MK-MDT) conducts research on dementia and its associated risks and co-morbidities in collaboration with Indigenous and rural communities in the Great Lakes Region.  The Addressing Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Disparities: The American Indigenous Cognitive Assessment (AMICA) Project will address dementia disparities by developing a culturally appropriate dementia evaluation toolkit for American Indian populations. Using community-based research approaches we work closely with community partners to revise existing Indigenous assessments to align with American Indian cultural context as well as neuropsychiatric properties to improve accuracy and access to dementia diagnosis.

The MK-MDT is hiring a Community-based Researcher, who would reside and work in Red Lake Nation, Minnesota.  This position is a full-time, one-year contract with the possibility of renewal. The Community Researcher will have key responsibilities for research projects focused on dementia. The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of health services and have an interest in dementia in Northern Minnesota and will undertake specific research activities to help with the timely completion of research projects.

Key Responsibilities

  • Act as liaison between the researchers and the Tribal community, as well as the Tribal Council.
  • Work with the leadership to provide regular project updates to Health Directors, Tribal Council members, and Leadership.
  • Coordinate and facilitate Community Advisory Member and Indigenous Knowledge Advisory member meetings.
  • Be involved in AMICA team meetings and community researcher meetings.
  • Be involved in all aspects of the research process such as relationship building, recruitment, screening, data collection, analysis, and dissemination.
  • Adhere to ethical data storage and management practices for all project related data.
  • Attend community events and answer any questions related to the research.
  • Conduct interviews and facilitation of focus groups.
  • Assist with administering assessment tools to participants.
  • Assist with member checking with participants and Community Advisory Group members.
  • Contribute to developing presentations and presenting findings to various audiences (local, regional, national, and international).


Required qualifications:

  •  BA/BS or a combination of related education and experience to equal 4 years
  • Ability to travel, valid Minnesota Driver’s License
  • Tribal member of Red Lake Nation

Preferred qualifications:

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team
  • Ability to understand and speak the Anishinaabe language
  • Knowledge of Dementia services or programs at the community, state, and federal level
  • Experience working with American Indian people diagnosed with dementia

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


Working at the University

At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning.  We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services 
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost

Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

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 be given 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.

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



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