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Part-time ARIC Study Research Professional 1 (Temporary)

University of Minnesota
United States, Minnesota, Minneapolis
June 18, 2024
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About the Job

The School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health is seeking applications for one 50% (.5 FTE) Research Professional 1 (8352P1) to support the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study through December 31, 2024. ARIC is a multi-site study of individuals, now aged 80-100 years, who have been followed for over 35 years to better understand risk factors for cardiovascular disease, dementia, and other chronic conditions.

The purpose of this position is to provide support to the ARIC ancillary brain imaging study (MRI & PET scans). This support will include recruitment, administrative work and accompanying participants on imaging visits. The part-time (20 hours per week) position is funded through December 2024, and may be renewable depending on study needs.
Work Arrangements: The work will be conducted in-person during the weekdays (Monday-Friday) at the West Bank Office Building (WBOB), Division of Epidemiology and Community Health located at 1300 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN and at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR), located on the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota at 2021 6th St SE, Minneapolis, MN. The position will report to Anne Gerlach, ARIC Study Project Manager.

The School of Public Health (SPH) is committed to antiracism and anti-oppression and welcomes you to join us in our pursuit of building equity and driving justice. We particularly encourage applications from those who belong to groups that have been historically underrepresented in our School, including those who are American Indian, Black, Indigenous, and people of color, those with disabilities, veterans, and those from LGBTQIA+ communities.

Starting Pay Range: $21.64 - $25.00/hour dependent upon the selected candidate's relevant qualifications, experience, and internal equity.

Position Responsibilities:
50% Recruitment - ARIC Brain Imaging Study (MRI and PET scans)

  • Assemble and mail recruitment letters to eligible participants.
  • Interview participants to determine eligibility for MRI and PET scans.
  • Assist with requesting participant medical records if/when needed to obtain MRI approval prior to scheduling.
  • Assist with scheduling participants for MRI and PET scans.
  • Make appointment reminder calls and follow up calls after visit as needed.
  • Assist with arranging transportation for participants to/from the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR).

35% Accompany Participants on Brain Imaging Visits

  • Assist with conducting Brain Imaging Visits:
    • Consent participants to take part in the imaging study.
    • Communicate with imaging technicians who will conduct the scans.

15% Administrative Support

  • Compile appointment reminder packets to mail to participants before their imaging appointment.
  • Compile MRI results from ARIC data repository to mail to participants after their imaging appointment.
  • Entry of data according to study protocol.
  • Other administrative duties as needed or requested.

All required qualifications must be included in the application materials


  • BA/BS from a regionally accredited college or university strongly preferred. Combination of related education and experience equal to 4 years may be considered.
  • Great attention to detail and organization skills.
  • Fluency in English (listening, reading, writing, and speaking).
  • Ability to engage with study participants.
  • Comfort talking on the phone, as necessary for recruitment and scheduling.
  • Reliable transportation or ability to travel to/from WBOB and to the CMRR building.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and ability to learn data entry software.


  • Experience in face-to-face collection of research data.
  • Experience adhering to rigid protocol standards.
  • Experience working with older adults (70+ years old) or individuals with various medical conditions.
  • Hardworking, able to take initiative to solve problems, and willing to fulfill varied study tasks as they arise.
  • Experience working as part of a team.
  • Must be able to provide at least 3 references. Must provide resume.

Are you excited about this job and meet the required qualifications, but your past experience doesn't align perfectly with every preferred qualification? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. If this is you, we strongly encourage you to apply because you just may be the right candidate for this role.

About the Department

Epidemiology and Community Health:

The Division of Epidemiology & Community Health focuses on disease and health in various populations. Our faculty and students examine the distribution, cause and prevention of diseases, and how human behavior affects overall health.

The division offers MPH, MS and PhD degrees, as well as dual and joint degrees.

The work of epidemiologists spreads across sectors and areas of study, so our division and faculty are often partnering with other research entities and community organizations on public health research and interventions. We are committed to protecting research participants, upholding ethical standards, and improving our practice at every step of our work. Research priorities or pods which encourage collaboration and innovation among our faculty and build upon the division's robust research history include the fields of Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Global health Infectious Disease, Maternal and Child Health, Healthy Weight, Social Epidemiology, Substance Abuse and Grocery Assistance Program Study for Families.

The Division's Mission:
To improve the health of the public through state-of-the art teaching, translation of research into practice, and training of the next generation of public health professionals.

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 employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-8647.


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.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu

Employment Requirements

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.

About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

At the University of Minnesota, we are proud to be recognized by the Star Tribune as a Top Workplace for 2021, as well as by Forbes as Best Employers for Women and one of America's Best Employers (2015, 2018, 2019, 2023), Best Employer for Diversity (2019, 2020), Best Employer for New Grads (2018, 2019), and Best Employer by State (2019, 2022).

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