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Mayo Clinic Research Associate - Health Disparities in Rochester, Minnesota

Why Mayo Clinic

The Research shield at Mayo Clinic is committed to creating a diverse environment and recognizes that diverse research teams make better decisions, are more equipped to solve complex problems and adapt to change, and produce better outcomes. That diversity is about opening up to unconventional ideas that create better outcomes, while recognizing colleagues' unique contributions. Become part of the legacy that embraces these differences and enables us to provide the best care to patients from all over the world.

Mayo Clinic offers a variety of employee benefits. For additional information please visit Mayo Clinic Benefits (https://jobs.mayoclinic.org/benefits/) . Eligibility may vary.

Position description

A Research Associate position is available in the Diversity Science Program within the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery (https://www.mayo.edu/research/centers-programs/robert-d-patricia-e-kern-center-science-health-care-delivery/about) under the mentorship of Dr. Gladys Asiedu (https://www.mayo.edu/research/faculty/asiedu-gladys-b-ph-d/bio-20528987) . The individual selected for this role will be engaged in research addressing disparities and inequities in workplace, patient, and/or community settings, working toward implementing interventions and programs resulting in equity and meaningful outcomes.

The Research Fellow position will work in the following specific areas that include, but are not limited to:

  • Analyzing visual data, institutional databases and the electronic medical record (EMR) to understand the current state of recruitment and treatment of under-represented minority (URM) patients on interventional cancer clinical trials across the Mayo enterprise

  • Developing and evaluating a community engaged research framework that is being utilized to implement a community vaccination intervention, manage and prevent hypertension and reduce cardiovascular disparities

  • Understanding the lived experiences of women of color working at Mayo Clinic and identify barriers and facilitators to career advancement to inform organizational interventions that enhance the work environment, improve access to equitable hiring and promotion processes, and consequently improve recruitment and retention of diverse talent

  • Utilizing crowdsourcing storytelling to understand and assess workplace racism, discrimination and other inequities that impact minority employees in the context of institutional quality improvement initiative to address inequity

The successful candidate will:

  • Hold a PhD in Health Services Research, social/behavioral sciences, or related field

  • Have experience in conducting mixed methods research in the areas of health disparity, equity, inclusion and diversity, health care delivery research, and/or community placed studies

  • Demonstrate strong evidence of combining theory and practice, especially in healthcare

  • Have research skills including conducting literature reviews, grant writing, preparing journal articles, conference proceedings, and conference presentations

  • Also engage in training opportunities supported by the program and share that knowledge with others

  • Possess technical skills that include qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis, and experience using SAS, SPSS, Nvivo or similar statistical and qualitative analysis software tools

  • Show demonstrated experience in proposing/initiating projects and next steps and working with multidisciplinary teams (e.g. underserved or minority communities, clinicians, research assistants, scientists, information technologists, etc.)

  • Be capable to self-learn new software and tools

A Research Associate at Mayo Clinic is a temporary transitional role with the primary purpose to allow qualified individuals to work within an established investigator’s program in preparation for an academic and/or independent research career. The ability to perform specialized or complex functions would typically be demonstrated through review of scientific accomplishments, contributions, and peer-reviewed publications averaging at least one per year post doctoral degree. The Research Associate is expected to provide leadership support and training within an established research program.

The following is required for completeness of application:

  • Current curriculum vitae with bibliography

  • Proof of doctoral degree (copy of diploma or final transcript with English translation, if applicable) or a letter from your university's Registrar office indicating you have fulfilled all doctoral program requirements and are eligible to graduate.

Please also be prepared that you may be asked to provide three letters of recommendation to the hiring PI prior to an interview.


Must have a PhD in health science, social/behavioral sciences, or related field. The research associate will be encouraged to develop their own areas of interest while contributing to ongoing projects in the areas of health disparity, equity, inclusion and diversity, health care delivery research, community placed studies. Successful applicants should have excellent writing and communication skills, the ability to work as part of a collaborative team, and demonstrated ability to be self-directed, highly motivated, and industrious. Collaborative manuscript and grant writing, presentation, and data analysis (quantitative and qualitative) opportunities will be available. Requires at least three years of postdoctoral research experience at Mayo Clinic or elsewhere with evidence of publications and other scientific accomplishments.


Full Time

International Assignment


Site description

Mayo Clinic is located in the heart of downtown Rochester, Minnesota, a vibrant, friendly city that provides a highly livable environment for more than 34,000 Mayo staff and students. The city is consistently ranked among the best places to live in the United States because of its affordable cost of living, healthy lifestyle, excellent school systems and exceptionally high quality of life.


Katrina Frutiger

Equal opportunity

As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer Mayo Clinic is committed to creating an inclusive environment that values the diversity of its employees and does not discriminate against any employee or candidate. Women, minorities, veterans, people from the LGBTQ communities and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply to join our teams. Reasonable accommodations to access job openings or to apply for a job are available.