Cultural Anthropologist at 54gene Nigeria, Lagos

54gene was founded in 2019 by Dr. Abasi Ene-Obong to address the significant gap in the global genomics market; Nearly 90% of genetic material used in pharmaceutical research is Caucasian. Only 2% is African, despite the fact that Africans and people of African ancestry are more genetically diverse than all other world populations combined.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Cultural Anthropologist

Location: Lagos
Job Type: Full Time, Exempt
Industry: Biotechnology

Job Description

  • We are searching for a passionately curious Anthropologist to join our growing team
  • The Anthropologist should be able to detect understudied subject matter, develop appropriate investigative procedures and then conduct these to obtain nuanced insights into everyday experiences
  • S/he should also be able to disseminate the results of these studies in a bid to promote the accessibility of social scientific information.
  • To be successful in this role, the Anthropologist should be culturally aware and adept at interacting with individuals, especially within the Nigerian and/or African context and landscape as well as have a solid grasp of the culture’s underpinnings
  • Ultimately, the Anthropologist should be able to create safe and interactive spaces that center participants’ experiences.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Create research plans that address underrepresented topics such as the impact of language, ethnicity, cultural norms and livelihoods in given African populations
  • Execute research protocols that adopt a holistic study design – must be familiar with anthropology research tools such as ethnography, survey writing, and interviewing
  • Communicate research findings to internal stakeholders
  • Be the internal knowledge expert on cultural anthropology and and seek to understand how cultural anthropology can improve 54gene’s products and services
  • Promote the co-creation of information by employing participatory approaches
  • Facilitate access to Anthropological concepts through demystification and open conversations
  • Follow new publications related to anthropology and participate in meaningful discussions both internally and externally that enables 54gene and the wider healthcare community to make an impact
  • Collaborate with local and international peers to generate and share knowledge on anthropological concepts in Africa and the African diaspora
  • Complete investigations and publish research papers and journal articles
  • Encourage respect for the observation and the sharing of human experiences.

Education & Certifications:

  • Advanced Degree in Anthropology, Medicine, Social Work, Psychology or similar field + internship / practicum experience; required
  • Ph.D in Anthropology, Medicine, Social Work, Psychology or similar field; desired


  • 7 – 10 years of experience as an Anthropologist in an organization with similar expectations
  • Familiarity with Anthropological insights, values, and research approaches
  • Proven record of completing investigations and publishing technical works [research papers and journal articles] and engaging in science communication

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent primary and secondary research skills as well as specific anthropological research tools such as ethnography
  • Ability to craft and conduct large-scale, relevant studies
  • Knowledge of and the ability to train others in the application of ethnographic research methods to solve problems in organizational effectiveness, communications, technology development, policy-making, and program planning
  • Strong grasp of appropriate data analysis techniques
  • Clear and flexible verbal, written and telephonic communication skills
  • Ability to be flexible, versatile, adaptable and take initiative
  • Strong presentation skills, proven ability to communicate with diverse audiences, internally and externally
  • Ability to successfully collaborate cross-functionally with others of different skill sets, backgrounds and levels within and external to the organization, including researchers, clinicians and technical personnel
  • Cognizant and welcoming of differences in the human condition.


  • Willingness to travel if required.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

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