Researcher 5 (351746)

Researcher 5 (351746)

(Job Posting ID: 351746)

Job Description

Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team (MK-MDT) – Health Equity conducts research on dementia and its associated risks and co-morbidities in collaboration with Indigenous and rural communities. 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.

Reporting to the Associate Director, the Researcher 5 will work dementia caregiving research projects and will be responsible for research activities to assist MK-MDT Associate Director in the preparation of research grant applications and the implementation of multiple health research and intervention research projects focused on dementia caregiving in Indigenous communities in Minnesota. We will consider applicants from varied disciplinary backgrounds (e.g., health sciences and social sciences) and are very interested in candidates trained in psychology (clinical, community and neuropsychology). This is not a remote position.


Research & data (80%)
• Act as project leader in collaboration with the Principal Investigator
• Review and synthesize dementia caregiver research literature; conduct critical reviews
• Develop research articles, manuscripts, and reports
• Create data analysis plans
• Conduct statistical analysis
• Recruit and screen research participants
• Organize and analyze qualitative interview data
• Manage and track online databases
• Summarize descriptive statistics
• Draft research proposals, grant applications and ethics (IRB) applications
• Coordinate and schedule research team meetings
• Other administrative duties as needed
• Work collaboratively with research team members and community partners to support the MK-MDT vision of healthy aging among caregivers in Indigenous populations

Community Engagement (20%)
• Work on outreach to Minnesota Tribal Nations for inclusion in the MDT research and education
• Assist in recruitment of research project participants
• Coordinate and facilitate research meetings with community partner organizations
• On-going community engagement activities to support research collaborations with tribal community partners
• Presentations and knowledge dissemination to community partner agencies
• Serve on committees as requested representing the MK-MDT.


All required qualifications must be documented on application materials

Required qualifications:
• Advanced degree with research experience in dementia caregiving
• Analytic skills (Qualitative, Quantitative)
• 1 or more years of research experience in dementia caregiving

Preferred qualifications:
• PhD in Social Sciences, Health Science, public health, anthropology, sociology, or geography or other health related discipline
• Minimum of 3 years of experience in a research role
• Knowledge or experience of dementia caregiving in racial and ethnic minority communities
• Knowledge of the health of older adults and/or age-related neurological conditions
• Knowledge of caregiver literature, interventions, cultural adaptation of interventions
• Understanding of Indigenous health systems, health access, and/or quality of care research
• Experience with statistical data analysis and supporting software such as SAS, STATA
• Experience using and programming in web-based software platforms such as Redcap or Qualtrics
• Experience developing surveys and interview guides
• Experience drafting or writing grant applications, ethics protocols and research reports
• Demonstrated experience with knowledge transfer; ability to write for diverse audiences
• Peer-reviewed publication record
• Project management skills
• Experience in community outreach, community engagement and/or research partner development

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.

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.

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