Researcher 5 – MK-MDT Senior Research Associate (356320)

Researcher 5 – MK-MDT Senior Research Associate (356320)

(Job Posting ID: 356320)

About the Job

Job Title: Researcher 5 – Senior Research Associate
Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team (MK-MDT) conducts research on dementia caregiving in partnership with Indigenous and rural communities in the Great Lakes Region. Our modern facilities have been thoughtfully constructed to foster team science approaches to research. 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 Associate Director and will be assist with Indigenous dementia caregiving projects.


Project coordination and research activities (75%)
• Coordination and management of research project timelines and deliverables
• Provide project management assistance to PI
• Attend research team and community meetings, take notes, and track project tasks, deliverables
• Other administrative duties as needed
Qualitative data collection, analysis, and dissemination
• Assume a lead role in preparing research proposals, grant applications, and Tribal and University IRB applications
• Prepare and deliver community and academic presentations
• Collaboratively develop research articles for publication
• Collaboratively develop community newsletters and other community documents for dissemination
• Work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and community partners to support the MK-MDT vision of healthy dementia caregivers, culturally responsive dementia caregiver educations and training, and culturally grounded and responsive interventions.

Community Engagement (25%)
• Assist in recruitment and screening of research participants (Indigenous dementia caregivers)
• Coordinate and facilitate research meetings with research staff and 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
• Serve on committees as requested representing the MK-MDT


*All required qualifications must be documented on application materials

Required qualifications
• Advanced degree with 1 or more years of research experience in caregiver research, interventions, and training and education programs
• 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
• Experience with community-based research principles
• Minimum of 3 years of experience in a research role

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.

About the U of M

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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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