Researcher 1 – CERDAR Community Researcher Northern MN (8352R1)

Researcher 1 – CERDAR Community Researcher Northern MN (8352R1)

(Job Posting ID: 340606)


The Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team – Health Equity (MK-MDT) the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus, conducts community-based research concerning diabetes and dementia in rural communities. The MK-MDT has obtained funding to establish a Center for Community Engaged Research Rural Dementia and Alzheimer’s Research (CERDAR). The CERDAR project is led by Drs. Kristen Jacklin and Wayne Warry of the MKMDT. The focus of CERDAR research project is to better understand the lived-experiences of people with dementia and their caregivers living in rural areas and to evaluate dementia interventions. This research will be guided by Community Advisory Groups (CAGs) in Northeast and Northwest Minnesota.

The MK-MDT is hiring two Community-based Researchers, who would reside and work in Northeast and Northwest Minnesota respectively. This position is a full- time, one-year contract with 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 the specific research activities to help with the timely completion of research projects.


Required Qualifications
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.

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


Preferred Qualifications

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


Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct key informant and participant interviews and facilitate focus groups with the assistance of the research coordinator
  • Help recruit research participants and assist in enrolling them through the CERDAR Registry
  • Ensure secure storage of research data and documentation • Participate in Team and Advisory Group Meetings
  • Assist the Community Engagement Specialist in acting as a liaison between researchers, community members, partners, and organizations
  • Help coordinate and facilitate community advisory group meetings
  • Be involved in all aspects of the research process including relationship building, recruitment, data collection and analysis
  • Contribute to community research presentations and newsletters


How To Apply
Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please go to, External Applicants, and search by Job Code “340606” 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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