JOB DESCRIPTION: The Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team – Health Equity (MK-MDT) the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus, conducts community-based research concerning diabetes and dementia in rural communities. The MK-MDT has obtained funding to establish a Center for Community Engaged Research Rural Dementia and Alzheimer’s Research (CERDAR). The CERDAR project is led by Drs. Kristen Jacklin and Wayne Warry of the MK-MDT. The focus of CERDAR research project is to better understand the lived-experiences of people with dementia and their caregivers living in rural areas and to evaluate dementia interventions. This research will be guided by Community Advisory Groups (CAGs) in Northeast and Northwest Minnesota.
The MK-MDT is hiring two Community-based Researchers, who would reside and work in Northeast and Northwest Minnesota respectively. This position is a full- time, one-year contract with possibility of renewal. The Community Researcher will have key responsibilities for research projects focused on dementia. The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of health services and have an interest in dementia in Northern Minnesota and will undertake the specific research activities to help with the timely completion of research projects.
Key responsibilities include • Conduct key informant and participant interviews and facilitate focus groups with the assistance of the research coordinator • Help recruit research participants and assist in enrolling them through the CERDAR Registry • Ensure secure storage of research data and documentation • Participate in Team and Advisory Group Meetings • Assist the Community Engagement Specialist in acting as a liaison between researchers, community members, partners, and organizations • Help coordinate and facilitate community advisory group meetings • Be involved in all aspects of the research process including relationship building, recruitment, data collection and analysis • Contribute to community research presentations and newsletters
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
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials
Required qualifications: • BA/BS or a combination of related education and experience to equal 4 years • Ability to travel, valid Minnesota Driver’s License
Preferred qualifications: • Ability to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team • Knowledge of Dementia services or programs at the community, state, and federal level • Experience working with people diagnosed with dementia
Internal Number: 340606
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