Laurits Andersen Professorship in Business and Organizational Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen, invites applications for a Full Professorship in the Anthropology of Business and Organization. The position is externally funded by the Laurits Andersen Foundation for the first three years. After the first three years, the professorship will continue as a tenured Professorship in the Anthropology of Business and Organization. The position is available from January 1st, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen is one of Europe's largest anthropological research institutions, with a research and teaching staff of about 60, approximately 650 students at the BA and MA levels, approximately 25 PhD students and an administrative support team of 20 (shared with the Department of Sociology). In addition to the BA and MSc programs in Anthropology, the department also contributes to three cross-disciplinary MSc programs in Global Development, Global Health and Social Data Science.

The Department of Anthropology has a strong international research profile and a vibrant and dynamic research and teaching environment to which the coming Professor is expected to contribute actively. In particular, the Professor will play an important role in the Department’s Business and Organization researcher group, which draws on ethnographic fieldwork to conduct sociocultural analyses of organizational and managerial practices within the private and public sectors as well as civil society organizations.


The following general and specific qualifications and/or experiences are required for this position as Professor:

• A documented original academic production at an international level within the anthropology of business and organization.

• Extensive fieldwork-based research, demonstrating a variety of research methods and forms of analysis, as fieldwork is the cornerstone of the department's teaching and research

• Strong teaching qualifications, as demonstrated through records and evaluations

• Leadership experience in relation to research and teaching

• Fundraising experience – particularly in order to employ junior researchers in this field and with a view to further expansion of this field of research at the Department

• Virtues of being / becoming a committed colleague in the department in general and in the relevant researcher group(s) in particular.

• Knowledge sharing and collaborations with wider society – in this position particularly with partners in the private sector.

• A strong potential to the continued development of Business and Organizational Anthropology as a field of both basic and applied research and teaching.

It is particularly important that the person filling the position advertised here be committed to the development of teaching and research in the field of Business and Organizational Anthropology in close and continuous collaboration with colleagues in this area. In addition, qualifications within economic anthropology would be desirable. Furthermore, the Professor must ensure that the department fulfills the terms of the grant from the Laurits Andersen Foundation during the first three years as set out in the text available here: and to which applications must refer. Please also note that applicants should have qualifications and experiences in terms of:

• The anthropology of businesses and of organizations

• Applied work in relation to businesses and organizations as well as basic, academically oriented research in this field

• Ability to assist in the department’s commitment to the increased employability of its graduates and to raising awareness of anthropology in society.

Job description

General duties attached to the position as Professor are:

• Research within the specified field of social anthropology

• Teaching, supervision and examination of undergraduate, post-graduate and PhD students

• Administrative tasks related to the position as Professor

• Knowledge sharing with the wider society

• Research and teaching management

• Fundraising

Conditions of employment

The position is offered as a Full Professorship. Salary and conditions of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The annual salary is currently DKK 621.100. In addition to the salary paid directly to you, the University will also pay a monthly contribution to your pension fund corresponding to 17.1 % of your salary. Negotiation for additional supplements will be possible. A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad, see


Applications must be in English and must include the following information and documentation:

• A full CV, including name, address, telephone number, e-mail, previous and present employment and academic background, including a record of research and international research cooperation, with and within academic institutions as well as private corporations, organisations, etc.

• A complete and numbered list of publications. The publications enclosed in the application – a maximum of 10 – that the applicant would like the assessment committee to consider, should be marked with an asterisk (*).

• Documentation of experience with managing research and/or teaching within and beyond academic institutions.

• A teaching portfolio in accordance with the Faculty’s rules:

• Documentation of the ability to collaborate and share knowledge with society at large, and with partners in the private sector particularly.

• The applicant should enclose a short paper (3-4 pages) on how the applicant envisions the further development of Business and Organizational Anthropology at the Department

If publications marked by an asterisk (*) are the result of a joint effort, the extent and the nature of the applicant’s contribution to each individual work must be clarified in the application, and if possible, a declaration from the co-authors or the head of the institution or office at which the work was completed should be enclosed as well.

Application procedure

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, applicants are selected for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him-/herself. The recruitment process is presented at

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR Søndre City, e-mail:, please refer to ID number 149880#1.

The terms of reference of the appointment process include that interviews may be held.

The University of Copenhagen encourages everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.

Additional information can be obtained from Helle Samuelsen, Head of Department, telephone +45 35 32 78 77, mail

Information about the Department can be found at

The deadline for applications including all enclosures is 15 September, 2019 (at Noon 12.00 Danish Time)

Please note: Applications must be submitted and documents must be uploaded online. Press “Apply now” and fill in the application form.

Applications received after deadline will not be taken into account.







Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Helle Samuelsen


Application deadline: 15-09-2019
Employment start: 01-01-2020
Department/Location: Institut for Antropologi

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