Researcher 3-NW & NE MN (8352R3)

Researcher 3-NW & NE MN (8352R3)

(Job Posting ID: 8352R3)

Job Description

The Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team – Health Equity (MK-MDT) the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus, has established a Center for Community Engaged Research Rural Dementia and Alzheimer’s Research (CERDAR). CERDAR  is led by Drs. Kristen Jacklin and Wayne Warry. The focus of CERDAR is to better understand the lived-experiences of people with dementia and their caregivers living in rural areas in Northern Minnesota.
This research is guided by a Community Advisory Group.

The MK-MDT is hiring two Rural Community Engagement 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 community outreach and organizational liaison as well as research specific responsibilities such as recruitment of research participants, key informant interviews, and focus group organization and facilitation. 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.

Key responsibilities include
Research Activities (70%)
• Be involved in all aspects of the research process including relationship building, recruitment, data collection and analysis
• Participate in community advisory and university team meetings.
• Adhere to ethical data storage and management practices for all project related data. 
• Conduct key informant and participant interviews and facilitate focus groups with the assistance of the research coordinator
• Recruit research participants and assist in enrolling them through the CERDAR Community Website
•Assist with data analysis and writing of reports and publications

Community engagement, outreach and education (30%)
• On-going community engagement activities to support research collaborations with community partners 
• Represent the MK-MDT and CERDAR at Community Health Fairs and other relevant community events
• Participate in Team and Advisory Group Meetings
• Act as a liaison between researchers, Community Advisory Group members, organizational partners, and health organizations
• Work with the leadership to provide regular project updates to community members and partner organizations.
• Help coordinate and facilitate community advisory group meetings
• Prepare briefing notes, background reports, presentations, and other meeting materials for community partner meetings
• Develop presentations and present findings to various audiences (local, regional, national, and international).
• Prepare and deliver community educational events and presentations to raise awareness of CERDAR research
• Contribute to community research presentations and newsletters


All required materials must be shown on appplication materials.

Required qualifications:
• BA/BS plus at least two years of experience or a combination of related education and experience to equal at least six years.
• Ability to travel, occasionally overnight, throughout rural Minnesota
• Valid Minnesota Driver’s License
• Excellent oral and written communication skills

Preferred qualifications:
• Masters in Social Work, Public Health, or Social Sciences
• Knowledge of rural health systems, health equity and community-based research.
• Experience in community outreach and community engagement.
• 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
• Knowledge and awareness of community-based participatory research

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).


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

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Employment Requirements

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