Faculty Position in Rural Aging and Cognitive Health
Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team • Health Equity
The Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team-Health Equity (MK-MDT) at the University of
Minnesota Medical School, Duluth invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor/Associate
Professor/Professor The faculty member’s primary responsibility will be to conduct collaborative research concerning aging and cognitive health in rural populations in Minnesota within the MK-MDT
Memory Keepers MDT conducts research on dementia and its associated risks, resiliencies and comorbidities in collaboration with Indigenous and rural communities in the Great Lakes Region and
beyond. MK-MDT faculty investigators work in an interdisciplinary research environment. Our modern
facilities have been thoughtfully constructed to foster team science approaches to research and well-being.
We seek a dynamic scholar with demonstrated potential for innovation and leadership. We will consider
applicants from varied disciplinary backgrounds (e.g. health sciences, social sciences, psychology,
neurology, medicine, and neuropsychology). Programs of research with a focus on intervention design
and/or implementation science are particularly welcomed. Experience with participatory communitybased research is an asset.
Applicants at all ranks will be considered. Salary is commensurate with experience. The successful
candidate will be appointed as faculty to the MK-MDT, with their academic home in the Department of
Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health or Biomedical Sciences, as appropriate, at the University of
Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus.
The vast majority of the successful candidate’s time will be focused on research activities, however
academic service and contributions to teaching are expected.
Duties and responsibilities of the position include: Conduct research in areas related to Aging and Health in rural populations, as aligned with the mission and vision of the MK-MDT and the University of
Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus. Seek extramural funding from NIH and other agencies to
support research activities. Participate in collaborative interdisciplinary team science with MK-MDT
faculty, including active contributions to community engagement, workshops, and funding applications.
Contribute to teaching and service at the University of Minnesota Medical School on the Duluth campus
and its mission in rural and Indigenous health. Mentor students, post-doctoral fellows and research staff. Be active in the production of peer-reviewed publications, community reports, presentations at
professional conferences and engagement with community groups.
Required qualifications: Ph.D. or M.D.
Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following research areas: dementia, aging, chronic
disease, multi-causative disease pathways, rural health, Indigenous health. Sensitivity to and desire to
Preferred qualifications: Experience with community-based participatory research approaches.
Experience and demonstrated interest in working with interdisciplinary research teams. Experience with, or interest in, small populations research and small samples analyses. Track record of success in NIH grant awards or equivalent.
Location attributes: Duluth, Minnesota, is a cultural center that boasts a high level of outstanding fine art, performance offerings, and outdoor beauty. Natural history and art museums abound, along with a symphony orchestra and musical talents from numerous performers across many genres.
In 2014, Duluth was voted Outside magazine's best outdoors town in America. Minnesota’s City on the
Hill claims 6,834 acres of city parkland, 129 Parks, 11,000 acres of green space, 12 miles of paved,
accessible trails, 85 miles of bike-optimized, multi-use trails, 150 miles of unpaved hiking trails, and 16
designated trout streams. It is also the southern terminus of the Superior Hiking Trails. During winter
months Spirit Mountain features skiing, snowboarding, fat biking, alpine coaster, snow tubing and Nordic trails. Duluth has recently been characterized as a climate change refuge by CNN and The New York
Applications must be submitted online. To see the full job posting and to apply, please visit the UMN
Career Website: https://hr.myu.umn.edu/jobs/ext/343397 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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Position is open until filled. Review of applicants will begin June 1st, 2022.
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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.