The University of Minnesota School of Public Health is seeking applications for a Researcher 5.

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 Black, Indigenous, and people of color, those with disabilities, veterans, and those from LGBTQIA+ communities.

This position will serve as researcher and core staff at the Center for Public Health Systems at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.  Responsibilities of the researcher include project design and management, survey development and administration, analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, report writing, and grant writing. The researcher will also support projects by reviewing and synthesizing literature that is needed for projects housed within the Center.

The starting salary for this position ranges between $65,000 and $80,000, depending on experience.

This position is eligible for hybrid and potentially fully remote work arrangements.

The approximate work activities associated with this position are as follows:

Research and evaluation (50%)

  • Under limited supervision, conduct research activities related to Center projects, including but not limited to research on public health systems, workforce, and finance
  • Collect and analyze data using qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Assure the evaluation components of our grant projects are being met as required by grant and funding requirements
  • Review literature to identify practice topic-related gaps and opportunities that the Center could pursue
  • Collaborate on the creation of grant and contract proposals.

Project Management (30%)

  • Coordinate the work of assigned Center projects and assuring project deadlines, goals, and requirements are being met.
    Generate evaluation related reports, summaries, and presentations as required by various grant projects; including annual reports and evaluation reports.
  • Engaging students in research and practice (20%)
  • In collaboration with the Center Manager and Director, informally direct students working on Center research projects

Other duties as assigned

The position will involve some travel (conferences) which may include overnights and weekends.


  • MPH, MA/MS degree in evaluation studies, systems science, sociology, or related field, with 1 or more years of research training
    Demonstrated strong writing and analytical skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in public health, statistics, evaluation studies, systems science, sociology, or related field
  • Experience writing proposals for grant-funded projects
  • Experience contributing intellectually to a research team
  • Demonstrated experience in managing multiple complex projects simultaneously
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to work well with diverse populations
  • Experience in governmental public health practice (federal, state, local) or with projects supporting governmental public health practice

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
Learn more about the Center for Public Health Systems here: https://www.sph.umn.edu/research/centers/cphs/


Working at the University:

At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning.  We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost
  • Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

How To Apply
Applications must be submitted online via the UMN wesbite.  To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button at https://hr.myu.umn.edu/jobs/ext/352451 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-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:  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.

Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to comply with the University’s Administrative Policy: COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Protocol by either providing proof of being fully vaccinated on their first day of employment, or complete a request for an exemption for medical exemption or religious reasons. To learn more please visit:  https://safe-campus.umn.edu/return-campus/get-the-vax

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About University of Minnesota School of Public Health

The Center for Public Health Systems (CPHS) supports public health practitioners and public health systems using evidence-based research.

We provide direct services via technical assistance, research, and evaluation in partnership with health departments across the U.S. We also conduct innovative research on public health workforce, finance, infrastructure, and policy both on the national level and in collaboration with Minnesota’s public health system.