MRI Community Health Assistant – Temporary (24 months)

University of Minnesota
June 10, 2021
Twin Cities, MN
Job Type


The UMN has suspended hiring for most positions. However, we will continue hiring for positions critical to the University's mission and operations at this time. Applications are being accepted for this position and you are encouraged to apply. In-person interviews are suspended indefinitely and will be replaced by interviews in a virtual format. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the University of Minnesota.


All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.

Required Qualifications
• Three years of related education and/or experience
• Basic computer skills
• Reliable transportation, must be able to travel from the ECRC building on West Bank campus to the MRI center near TCF stadium on the East Bank campus (1.6 miles away) to meet participants scheduled for a MRI (but NOT transport them)
• Ability to pass MRI center safety training. The MRI Center has some of the largest magnets in the world and all visitors to the building need to follow safety protocols.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate verbally and in writing with elderly people of diverse racial and educational backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications
• Excellent organizational skills. Ability to prioritize complex assignments and complete tasks in a timely manner. Initiative, assertiveness and flexibility to negotiate priorities and timelines among numerous tasks.
• Familiarity with basic data management
• Experience in working with health data
• Experience adhering to rigid protocol standards
• Experience working as part of a team
• Ability to work independently

About the Job

The School of Public Health is committed to anti-racism and anti-oppression in our mission and operations. In pursuit of this goal, we consider an individual's record working with colleagues from historically marginalized backgrounds and experience identifying and eliminating systemic barriers to academic success. Because the SPH and the Division seek to increase the diversity of its workforce, we particularly encourage applications from those who belong to groups that have been historically underrepresented in our discipline, including those who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color, those with disabilities, and those from LGBTQIA+ communities.

The individual in this position will work with three ongoing studies (ARIC-NCS, MESA, and ACHIEVE) located in the Epidemiologic Clinical Research Center located on the West Bank Campus. All are long-term studies in which maintaining good will and cooperation of the previously recruited participants is critical. The participants are currently 65 years of age or older. This person will screen, schedule and accompany participants for appointments at the MRI center on the East Bank Campus. The individual in this position will be required to follow all COVID safety protocols. Prior to interacting with participants, mandatory training on COVID-19 risk factors, symptoms, and protocols will be required. PPE will be provided.

Essential Job Duties:

Brain MRI (75%)
• Interview participants to determine MRI eligibility
• Obtain informed consent from participants
• Assist in obtaining medical records (when necessary) for scan approval
• Schedule MRIs
• Send appointment confirmation letters
• Make appointment reminder calls
• Arrange taxis for participant travel to the MRI center, as needed
• Meet participants at the MRI center and help them get ready for their scan
Data Entry (25%)
• Cross train and learn other duties and responsibilities of the studies as needed

Starting Pay Range: $18.11 to $25.03 per hour
Work hours: Days with some flexibility on start/end times
Work days: M-F
Remote work: Some of the work may be completed remotely

About the Department

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 have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Please outline your qualifications as they pertain to this position. Inclusion of a Diversity Statement as a part of the submitted application materials is encouraged.

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 or call (612) 624-UOHR (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:

Background Check Information

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.

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