Job postings


Operating a research facility nearly a mile underground requires personnel with a wide range of skills, ranging from technicians and administrative personnel to engineers and research scientists. Sanford Underground Research Facility is an equal opportunity employer that offers competitive compensation and benefits.

Sanford Underground Research Facility employs:

  • Infrastructure and facilities technicians, with a variety of construction and maintenance skills
  • Administrators working in finance, procurement, accounting, human resources and other areas
  • Environment, health and safety professionals
  • Engineers, including mining, mechanical and electrical engineers
  • Water treatment plant operators
  • Custodial workers, on the surface and underground
  • Communications personnel
  • Security personnel
  • Project managers
  • Hoist operators
  • Electricians
  • Scientists, including geologists, physicists and others

Open positions are listed below and to the right.

For information about the summer internship opportunities click on this link.

Director of Underground Access

Position is open until filled.
The Director of Underground Access leads the Underground Access Department in the planning, scheduling, budgeting, and safe execution of all operations, maintenance, rehabilitation, and construction activities for the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) shafts, winzes, and underground levels facility infrastructure. The Director is responsible for the health and safety of department staff and supervision of department foremen and operations support engineers. The Director coordinates activities between contractors, facility users, and SURF staff for major underground construction projects.

Environment, Safety, and Health (ESH) Technical Support Lead

Position Closes February 5, 2016
The Environment, Safety and Health (ESH) Technical Support Lead directly supports the development and maintenance of documentation needed for safe operations at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF). These documents serve to ensure facilities, policies, procedures, plans and processes are sufficient to ensure the safe, efficient, and economical performance of work activities at SURF. The position reports to the Occupational Health and Safety Manager and is based at SURF in Lead, South Dakota.