Researcher 5 – AMICA (348523)

Researcher 5 – AMICA (348523)

(Job Posting ID: 348523)

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. Reporting to the Executive Director, this Researcher 5 will be responsible for research activities related to the Addressing Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Disparities: The American Indigenous Cognitive Assessment (AMICA) Project.

AMICA will address dementia disparities by developing a culturally appropriate dementia evaluation toolkit for American Indian populations. Using community-based research approaches we work closely with community partners to revise existing Indigenous assessments to align with American Indian cultural context as well as neuropsychiatric properties to improve accuracy and access to dementia diagnosis.

Job Duties

75% — Project Coordination & Research Activities 

  • Project coordination and management of project timelines and deliverables for MN site
  • Provide project management assistance to lead project coordinator
  • Attend all AMICA team meetings, including all site coordinator meetings
  • Other administrative duties as needed
  • Qualitative data collection, analysis, and dissemination
  • Prepare briefing notes from tool adaptation process
  • Assume a lead role in preparing research proposals, grant applications and ethics applications
  • Assist with collection of telehealth evaluations
  • Develop research articles for publication
  • Work collaboratively with staff and community partners to support the MK-MDT vision of healthy aging in American Indian and rural populations

25% — Community Engagement

  • Assist in recruitment and screening of research participants
  • Coordinate and assist in facilitating research meetings with community partners
  • Track tool adaptation process to report 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
  • Serve on committees as requested representing the MK-MDT.


Required qualifications:

  • Advanced degree with research and coordination experience
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Ability to travel, including overnight, to locations in Rural 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 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
  • 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 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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