See Yourself at Sanford Research

Join Sanford Research and be a part of a vibrant and growing research community. You’ll work to advance medical research in a collaborative environment with colleagues who are experts in their fields. Sanford Health researchers have the full support of the organization and are provided with the necessary resources and cutting-edge technologies to advance biomedical research.


Sanford Research is the research arm of Sanford Health, one of the largest rural integrated health care systems in the nation. This makes Sanford Research uniquely structured to facilitate basic, translational, clinical, and population health research across the upper midwest and the entire Sanford Health network.

Faculty have access to state-of-the-art facilities and unique resources. New staff will join a team with a well-established infrastructure in basic, translational, and behavioral sciences research and strong faculty mentorship. Sanford Research has a long history of successful extramural funding and receives substantial NIH funding. Currently, we have three NIH-funded Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE) with focuses in pediatric, cancer, and population health research.

Laboratory Facilities & Resources

Sanford Research occupies a large, open, and collaborative space at the Sanford Center in Sioux Falls, SD. All faculty members have access to common areas, shared equipment and core services.

Training & Mentoring

Sanford Research offers extensive opportunities for training and mentorship:

  • Weekly research seminars encompassing all eight research groups
  • Partnerships with USD and SDSU offers opportunities for involvement with graduate education both in the classroom setting and for mentoring and training of graduate students
  • Several annual Scientific Symposia 
  • Professional development seminars covering topics such as ethical conduct in research, grant writing, career development, safety, and compliance
  • Individual mentorship from Senior Faculty and Leadership

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Sanford Research provides a robust career and professional development program for postdoctoral fellows and staff scientists to help them prepare for a variety of scientific careers. In addition to our accomplished faculty mentors and state-of-the-art resources, professional training opportunities include the following:

  • Our Career Path Workshop Series allows postdocs and staff scientists to explore a variety of science careers; topics have included biotech industry, pharmaceutical industry, undergraduate teaching, clinical lab directing, science policy, tech transfer and public health
  • Professional development presentations provide tips and instruction in a variety of topics, including grant writing, oral presentations, networking and preparing for faculty interviews
  • Hands-on workshops and programs enable postdocs and staff scientists to develop and hone professional skills like writing and reviewing grants and giving oral presentations, chalk talks and elevator pitches
  • Opportunities are available to give lectures in graduate courses taught on-site at Sanford Research
  • Postdocs and staff scientists engage in K-12 outreach activities through Sanford PROMISE

The collegial and collaborative research environment at Sanford Research is ideal for postdoctoral training. Trainees also enjoy the social community in Sioux Falls, a small city with an abundance of dining, shopping, sporting events and entertainment.

Individuals interested in being considered for postdoctoral or staff scientist positions at Sanford Research are encouraged to apply for open positions.

Open Positions

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Available Positions

Assistant/Associate/Full Biostatistics Faculty

Assistant/Associate/Full Biostatistics Faculty 

The Sanford Center for Bio-Behavioral Research (SCBR) of Sanford Research, in Fargo, ND invites applications for a Biostatistician with a faculty-level appointment commensurate with experience.  This faculty member will also serve as the Director of the Biomedical Statistics Division at SCBR. Candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Hold a doctoral degree in statistics; or a field of behavioral research (e.g., psychology, neuroscience) with a strong statistical background
  2. Have at least two years of experience and/or a postdoctoral fellowship with a strong record of collaborative research. Preference will be given to applicants with:
    1. Training and research expertise in a broad range of statistical techniques applicable to clinical samples
    2. A strong publication record of peer-reviewed articles
    3. A documented track record of success in obtaining extramural funding and/or current funding as principal investigator or statistician on funded projects
    4. A demonstrated history of strong research collaboration
    5. Experience with eating disorder or obesity-related research
    6. Possess good interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate statistical analyses, methods, and findings

The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate and work with research scientists on grant applications, ongoing grants, data sets, publications, and presentations and he/she may have a research program of his/her own as well. Title and highly competitive salary will be provided commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The current position will serve in the Sanford Center for Biobehavioral Research (CBR). CBR is comprised of three divisions: Behavioral, Biomedical, and Biomedical Statistics. These three divisions primarily work in the areas of eating disorders, obesity, and bariatric surgery.

To apply, submit a brief introduction letter, curriculum vitae, description of research interests and future plans, and names and contact information of three references to Dr. Gail Williams-Kerver at

Postdoctoral Fellow - Surendran Lab

The Surendran Lab at Sanford Research has an opening for a Post-doctoral Fellow to investigate the plasticity and cell type remodeling capacity of the adult kidney and molecular mechanisms by which epithelial cell types are maintained in a mature and functional state. This research will provide an opportunity to learn mouse genetic tools, molecular biology and biochemical approaches to addressing biomedical problems. For further details of the Surendran lab please visit:

Ideal candidate will have a Ph.D in Genetics, Molecular Cell Biology or Biochemistry and technical expertise in molecular biology, protein biochemistry, and/or bioinformatics. Additional expectations include preparing and writing manuscripts, presenting at seminars and working collaboratively with our research team.

Motivated individuals with a Ph.D., M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. should send curriculum vitae, brief description of research interests and experience, and the names of three references to: with subject line "Surendran Lab".

Postdoctoral Fellow/Staff Scientist – Savinov Lab

Postdoctoral Fellow/Staff Scientist – Savinov Lab
A position at the level of Postdoctoral Fellow or Staff Scientist is available in the lab of Dr. Alexei Savinov for a motivated and ambitious candidate with a strong background in Immunology and Molecular biology. Projects in the lab are focused on identifying cellular and molecular mechanisms leading to type 1 diabetes that are suitable for intervention, developing corresponding therapeutic approaches, and rigorous preclinical testing of these approaches.

Doctoral degree in molecular or cell biology, immunology, cancer biology, or a related field is required. Previous documented research experience with molecular cloning and Flow Cytometry is essential. A strong publication record along with advanced experience with primary cell culture, immunological techniques (such as ELISA, ELISPOT, Luminex, or manipulations of immune cells), and/or multi-color flow cytometry, is preferred. Familiarity with generating/characterizing mouse models, retroviral transduction, and immunofluorescent microscopy is highly desirable.

Please send a CV, a cover letter and a list of three references to with the subject line “Postdoctoral Fellow - Savinov Lab”.

Learn more about the Savinov Lab.

Life in Sioux Falls

The city of Sioux Falls is one of the fastest growing areas in the Midwest, with a population of more than 180,000 in the greater Sioux Falls area. The largest city in South Dakota, Sioux Falls balances an excellent quality of life and a strong economy with a safe, clean living environment. The cost of living is competitive with other leading cities in the region, and South Dakota has no state income tax. Powered by innovation and entrepreneurship, the low unemployment rate in Sioux Falls fuels its booming economy. Sioux Falls offers all the amenities of a community twice its size such as fine dining, shopping, arts, sports and nightlife.

South Dakota is known for its world-class hunting and fishing, along with national parks and a wide variety of landscapes to enjoy through its four seasons.

The city’s many features include:

  • Diverse art and entertainment events
  • Expansive restaurant, brewery and winery selections
  • Outdoor parks, golf courses, a new aquatic center, winter ski hill and hiking
  • Vibrant downtown community, conveniently located near Falls Park
  • 26-mile bike loop/trail
  • Denny Sanford PREMIER Center that hosts sports, concerts, professional bull riding, etc.
  • Exemplary academia within the public and private schools and local universities
  • Sanford Sports Complex