Researcher 5 – MK-MDT Senior Research Associate (354747)

Researcher 5 – MK-MDT Senior Research Associate (354747)

(Job Posting ID: 354747)

About the Job

Researcher 5 – MK-MDT Senior Research Associate

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.  Our modern facilities have been thoughtfully constructed to foster team science approaches to research and well-being. The MK-MDT works collaboratively with Faculty Investigators from the Department of Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health, and academic and community research partners in the US and Canada. This position will report to the Executive Director and will be assigned to assist with Indigenous and rural aging and dementia research and project development.

*This position is located on site at Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team, 624 E. 1st St., Suite 201 Duluth MN*


Research Activities (75%)

  • Lead, oversee and assist with qualitative data analysis including the application of various theoretical frameworks to existing qualitative data sets.
  • Develop academic manuscripts and presentations (posters and powerpoint).
  • Attend conferences and present research findings.
  • Assume a lead role in preparing research proposals, grant applications and IRB applications.
  • Conduct literature reviews.
  • Assist with project coordination and management of project timelines and deliverables.
  • Work collaboratively with staff and community partners to support the MK-MDT vision of healthy aging in Indigenous and rural populations.
  • Work with community-based researchers and assist with data collection including at times, assisting in recruitment and screening of research participants.
  • Assist the Executive Director with special projects.
  • Attend team meetings, take notes and track tasks.
  • Other administrative duties as needed.

Community Engagement (25%)

  • Coordinate and assist facilitating research meetings with community partners.
  • Track and report project activities and update research team and community partners.
  • Prepare briefing notes, background reports, presentations, and other meeting materials for community partner meetings.
  • On-going community engagement activities to support research collaborations with community partners.
  • Represent the MK-MDT, faculty and research projects at community events such as conferences, health fairs and wellness events.
  • Serve on committees as requested representing the MK-MDT.


All required qualifications must be included in the application materials

Required qualifications:

  • Advanced degree with research experience
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Ability to travel, including overnight, to locations in Minnesota and to national and international conferences

Preferred qualifications

  • PhD in Health Science, Public Health, Neuro/Clinical/Community Psychology, Social Sciences (Medical Sociology, Medical Anthropology, American Indigenous Studies, or Community Health) or other Health Related Discipline
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in a research role
  • Experience with qualitative and Indigenous research methods
  • Experience related to research projects with Indigenous and/or rural communities.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the health of older adults and/or age-related neurological conditions
  • Peer-reviewed publication record
  • Project coordination and data management skills
  • Data analysis experience
  • Knowledge and awareness of community-based participatory research
  • Experience in the area of intervention design or implementation science
  • Experience drafting or writing grant applications, ethics protocols and research reports

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 have 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.

This position will remain open until filled.

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.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  To learn more about diversity at the U:

Employment Requirements

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD)

The University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD) consistently ranks among the top Midwestern, regional universities in U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” issue.

Overlooking Lake Superior, UMD provides an alternative to both large research and small liberal arts environments and attracts students looking for a personalized learning experience on a medium-sized campus of a major university.  A firm liberal arts foundation anchors a variety of traditional degree programs, as well as professional and graduate students that draw on UMD’s many research institutes and labs.

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