Researcher 5 — Rural Dementia and Alzheimer’s Research (343686)

Researcher 5 — Rural Dementia and Alzheimer’s Research (343686)

(Job Posting ID: 343686)

The Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team – Health Equity, the University of Minnesota MedicalSchool, Duluth campus, is focused on research concerning aging, cognitive health, and dementia in rural and Indigenous communities in Minnesota.

Our program of research on Community Engaged Rural Dementia and Alzheimer’s research
(CERDAR) conducts qualitative, mixed methods and epidemiological research on various aspects of dementia, caregiving, and healthy aging in rural Minnesota. CERDAR involves faculty investigators across the Duluth and Twin Cities campuses, as well as community partners. Reporting to the Director, Rural Health Initiatives, the successful candidate will be responsible for qualitative research activities, including the development and administration of in-depth interviews, recruitment of key informants and other research participants, focus group interviews, qualitative data analysis, and writing for academic publications and community audiences, primarily for the CERDAR program. The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of key concepts and considerations with regards to health and illness narratives, the experience of dementia by patients and their caregivers, and rural health care delivery.

Research & Data (80%)

  • Act as project leader in collaboration with the Principal Investigator(s)
  • Review and synthesize research literature; conduct critical reviews
  • Develop research articles, manuscripts, and reports
  • Conduct qualitative, key informant interviews, facilitate focus groups and group interviews
  • Organize and analyze qualitative interview data
  • Manage and track of online databases
  • Draft interview schedules and recruitment materials
  • Assist in drafting research proposals, grant applications and ethics applications
  • Coordinate and schedule research meetings
  • Other administrative duties as needed

Community Engagement (20%)

  • Work on outreach to rural Minnesota communities, agencies and rural populations 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 community
  • Presentations and knowledge dissemination to community partner agencies
  • Serve on committees as requested representing the Medical Discovery team.


Required qualifications

  • Advanced degree with 1 or more years of research training

Preferred qualifications

  • PhD in Health Science, public health, psychology, anthropology, sociology, or geography or
    other health related discipline
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in a research role
  • Knowledge or experience of rural health/health equity issues
  • Knowledge of the health of older adults and/or age-related neurological conditions
  • Understanding of rural health systems, health access, and/or quality of care research
  • Experience with qualitative research software, such as Nvivo, Atlas
  • 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

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

The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
  • Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer match
  • Disability and employer paid life insurance
  • Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
  • Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
  • Student loan forgiveness opportunity
  • Opportunities for growth and promotion
  • Employee Assistance Program

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.

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This position will remain open until filled.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


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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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