Researcher 3 – Red Lake Nation (8352R3)

Researcher 3 – Red Lake Nation (8352R3)

(Job Posting ID: 8352R3)

Job Description

Researcher 3 – Red Lake Nation 

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 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 possibility of renewal up to 5 years. The Community Researcher will have key responsibilities for research projects focused on dementia, as well as community engagement, outreach, and education. The successful candidate will understand health services and have an interest in dementia.  They will be responsible for specific research activities to complete the research project on time.

Research activities (70%)
• Be involved in all aspects of the research process such as relationship building, recruitment and retention, screening, data collection, analysis, and dissemination.
• Coordinate and facilitate community level Advisory meetings, as well as participate in all 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 into studies
• Participate in 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  at Community Health Fairs and other relevant community events
• Participate in Team and Advisory Group Meetings
• 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 community members.
• 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 MK-MDT research
• Contribute to community research presentations and newsletters


All required qualifications must be documented on application materials

Required qualifications:
• BA/BS and 2 years of related experience or a combination of related education and experience to equal 6 years
• Ability to travel, valid Minnesota Driver’s License
• Excellent oral and written communication skills

Preferred qualifications:
• Masters in Social Work, Public Health, or Social Sciences
• Ability to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team
Knowledge of health and community services or programs at the community or county level
• Experience with qualitative and Indigenous research methods
• Experience related to research projects with Indigenous communities
• Experience working with American Indian people with memory loss
• Knowledge and understanding of the health of older adults and/or age-related neurological conditions
• Knowledge and awareness of community-based participatory research
• Experience in community outreach and community engagement

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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