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University of Minnesota / Medical School / Memory Keepers Discover Team


Faculty Position - Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team



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Posted: 3/22/2018
EpiMonitor ID: 2018-2533

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Faculty Position at the Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team Health Equity

The Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team on American Indian and Rural Health Equity (MK-MDT) is recruiting a social epidemiologist or equivalent researcher to join our dynamic and growing core of faculty investigators and staff. The MK-MDT researches the synergistic occurrence of diabetes and dementia in Indigenous and rural populations using a social determinants of health lens.   MK-MDT faculty investigators work in an interdisciplinary team science research environment.

This is a tenure-track academic appointment at the rank of associate professor [or professor] to the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus. Rank and salary commensurate with experience. The successful candidate will be appointed as a faculty investigator and physically located with the MK-MDT, with academic home in the Department of Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health.

Duties and responsibilities of the position include: developing and implementing applied research on Indigenous (e.g., American Indian/Alaska Native/First Nations) and rural health disparities in dementia and diabetes, as aligned with the strategic goals of the MK/MDT and the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus; in close collaboration with community partners, develop and conduct interdisciplinary dementia and diabetes health disparities research among rural populations, including rural Indigenous, other rural ethnic minority, and rural majority populations of all ages groups; participate in collaborative interdisciplinary team science with MK-MDT faculty, including active contributions to community engagement, workshops, and funding applications; and, contribute to teaching and service in the Department of Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health on the Duluth campus and its mission in rural and Indigenous health.

Required qualifications: PhD in Epidemiology or equivalent; track record in high impact epidemiological or equivalent research with an emphasis on health equity; background or interests in, and a willingness to adhere to principles of Indigenous data sovereignty; knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas: chronic disease, syndemics, multi-causative disease pathways, rural or Indigenous health; history of external funding from NIH or equivalent sources; strong record of peer reviewed publication in one or more of the following areas: diabetes, dementia, rural, or Indigenous health; experience with and/or valuing of quantitative, qualitative and mix-method research design. Preferred qualifications: Indigenous lived experience, as well as demonstrated experience working with Indigenous peoples, cultures and communities; Experience and demonstrated interest in work with interdisciplinary research teams; Experience with or interest in small populations research and small samples analyses; Proven track record of success in NIH grant awards or equivalent in rural and/or Indigenous health; strong biostatistics knowledge base and the ability to apply epidemiological tools and skills to programs of research that are collaboratively prioritized by the MK-MDT Investigator team; interest/proficiency in promising and state of the art techniques in small and hidden populations research and in small samples analyses (for example, respondent driven sampling or Bayesian analysis).

The mission of the Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team is to support an environment of Team Science to conduct community-based participatory action research on diabetes and dementia in Native American and rural communities with the aim of achieving health equity. The vision is to advance the boundaries of health equity research to create innovative interventions to support healthy aging in Native American and Rural populations.

TO APPLY: Applications must be submitted online at Follow the "External Faculty and Staff Applicants" link and search by job posting "322777." 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. Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Activities" page and uploading documents there. Completed applications will be evaluated starting April 30, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.  Top candidates will be invited for a seminar/interview as a component of the selection process.  Questions concerning the online application process should be directed to Ms. Tracy Kemp at

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

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.
  The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.




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