Researcher 6 (348667)

Researcher 6 (348667)

(Job Posting ID: 348667)

The Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team-Health Equity (MK-MDT), University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus, is focused on research concerning healthy aging, and Brain Health Equity in rural and Indigenous communities. We utilize community-based participatory research (CBPR) model and assume a Team Science approach to collaborative, interdisciplinary research.

The Center for Community Engaged Rural Dementia and Alzheimer’s research (CERDAR) conducts qualitative 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 overall project coordination and management of 5 complementary CERDAR projects, coordination of CERDAR research activities, supervision of CERDAR community-based researchers, data analysis and dissemination of research results for community and academic audiences. This researcher will coordinate with the MK-MDT Research Manager to ensure IRB compliance, and complete annual NIH reporting.  They will be responsible for activities to assist MDT investigators in the preparation of NIH and other grant applications and oversee the implementation and on-going conduct of multiple multi-year CERDAR research projects.


Project Coordination (50%)

  • Act as project leader in collaboration with the Principal Investigator(s)
  • Supervise CERDAR community-based research and MK-MDT staff
  • Assist PI to ensure adequate progress reporting to NIH, annual reporting for MK-MDT
  • Manage project timelines and deliverables for CERDAR program, coordinate multiple, related research projects
  • Coordinate and facilitate CERDAR research team meetings
  • Serve on committees as requested representing the Medical Discovery team.

Research & Data (50%)

  • Participate in preparing research proposals, grant applications, and ethics/IRB protocols
  • Manage CERDAR Registry and REDCap databases
  • Conduct qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research, including in depth interviews and focus groups
  • Research data collection, analysis, and dissemination
  • Develop research articles, manuscripts, and reports
  • Oversee the development of appropriate tools and training materials
  • Serve as an expert resource to project staff


Required qualifications:

  • An advanced degree with substantial research and publication record

Preferred qualifications:

  • PhD in Health Science, Nursing, Public Health, medical anthropology/sociology, or other health-related discipline
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a research role
  • Experience with quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research methods
  • Experience with managing and coordinating multiple research projects
  • Knowledge of CBPR and Team Science research models
  • Experience related to research projects with rural communities.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and age-related neurological conditions
  • Experience with health systems, dementia, caregiver and/or quality of life research
  • Experience drafting or writing grant applications, ethics protocols and research reports
  • Experience supervising, performance evaluation, on-boarding and training of research staff
  • Knowledge of IRB processes, HIPPA compliance and research ethics

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.

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