Researcher 3 – CERDAR Community Researcher 8352R3

Researcher 3 – CERDAR Community Researcher 8352R3

(Job Posting ID: 338621)


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 MK-MDT. This pilot research program will lead to an NIH P01 or other appropriate funding mechanism to provide long term funding for research concerning dementia in rural Minnesota. The focus of CERDAR research project is to better understand the lived-experiences of people with dementia and their caregivers living in rural areas. This research will be guided by two Community Advisory Groups (CAGs) in Northeast and Northwest Minnesota.


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


Special Notice for COVID-19
The UMN has suspended hiring for most positions. However, we will continue hiring for positions critical to the University’s mission and operations at this time. Applications are being accepted for this position and you are encouraged to apply. In-person interviews are suspended indefinitely and will be replaced by interviews in a virtual format. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the University of Minnesota.


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

  • Education and experience (minimum Bachelor’s degree with 2 years’ experience) to equal 6 years
  • Ability to travel, valid Minnesota Driver’s License


Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team
  • Education and experience (MSc, MSW or MA) with 2 years’ experience
  • Knowledge of Dementia services or programs at the community, state, and federal level
  • Experience working with people diagnosed with dementia
  • Extensive outreach activities with communities, organizations, and national and international partners
  • Experience with knowledge translation and exchange with Indigenous communities.


About the Job
The MK-MDT is hiring two Community-based Researchers. These positions are full-time, one-year contracts with possibility of renewal. Each Community Researcher will have key responsibilities for research projects focused on dementia in the Arrowhead and Dancing Sky Area Agency on Aging regions (North East or North West Minnesota), respectively. The successful candidate will work in collaboration with and serve as liaison between researchers, partner organizations and communities. As such, the successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of key concepts and considerations with regards to health services research with rural populations and implement and undertake the specific research activities and ensure timely completion of deliverables.


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
    • Serve as a liaison between researchers, community members, partners, and organizations
    • Coordinate and facilitate community advisory group meetings
    • Be involved in all aspects of the research process including relationship building, recruitment, data collection and analysis
    • Assist with data analysis and dissemination of results
    • Contribute to research articles, manuscripts and reports
    • Ensure secure storage of research data and documentation


How To Apply
Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please go to, External Applicants, and search by Job Code “338621” 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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