Research Associate (Researcher 5 – ICARE )
Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team (MK-MDT) conducts research on dementia and its associated risks and co-morbidities in collaboration with Indigenous and rural communities in the Great Lakes Region. Our modern facilities have been thoughtfully constructed to foster team science approaches to research and well-being. 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. Reporting to the Executive Director, this Researcher 5 will be responsible for research activities related to the Indigenous Cultural Understandings of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias: Research and Engagement (ICARE) project. ICARE will address dementia disparities by examining how culture and community-specific context shape Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) illness experiences in Indigenous populations. Using ethnographic and community-based approaches the team will integrate the Indigenous lived experience of ADRD in the creation of culturally appropriate and safe approaches to improve dementia diagnostics, care and outreach. Required qualifications Terminal degree in Health Science, Public Health or Social Sciences Ability to Travel, occasionally overnight, to locations in Rural Minnesota and to national and international conferences Preferred qualifications PhD in Health Science, Public Health, or Social Sciences (medical sociology, medical anthropology, medical geography, or community health) or other health related discipline Minimum of 3 years of experience in a research role Experience with qualitative and Indigenous research methods Experience related to research projects with Indigenous communities. Knowledge and understanding of the health of older adults and/or age-related neurological conditions · Peer-reviewed publication record · Experience drafting or writing grant applications, ethics protocols and research reports Project coordination skills Knowledge and awareness of community-based participatory research Experience in the area of intervention design or implementation science an asset Responsibilities Research and data (90%) · Develop research articles for publication · Translate research findings into health education materials Review and synthesize research literature; conduct systematic and critical reviews Conduct qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research Research data collection, analysis and dissemination Assume a lead role in preparing research proposals, grant applications and ethics applications Other duties as needed Community Engagement (10%). • Prepare briefing notes, background reports, presentations, and other meeting materials for community partner meetings • Participate in community engagement activities to support research collaborations with community partners • Serve on committees as requested representing the Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team.