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ISSUP supports the professional development of those working within substance use prevention, treatment and recovery. Here you will find information about available positions in the field from around the globe. We welcome ISSUP members to share advertisements for current vacancies in this category. Log in and post your job to the ISSUP job board.

PhD Opportunity- Edinburgh Napier University

  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Area of Work: Research
  • Closing date:

 

Project Title

Public health prevention within urban spaces: a citizen science enquiry.

About the Project

Advantages of living in cities, with relatively high population density, include: opportunities for social interaction, education, employment, access to health diagnostics and treatment, active travel and integrated modes of transport. However, negative aspects of population density can include: traffic congestion, noise, light and air pollution, industrial emissions, greater access to outlets that supply alcohol, tobacco and convenience foods, neighbourhood segregation and low public trust. 

If you are interested in investigating the burden of non-communicable diseases within urban areas in order to determine how to increase conditions that promote health, you may be interested in this interdisciplinary opportunity. 

Applications accepted all year round

Submitted on Friday 3rd July 2020 - 08:33

PhD Opportunity- Northumbria University

  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Area of Work: Research
  • Closing date:

Project Title

Narrative therapy, a potential intervention for student-athlete hazardous drinking.

About the Project

Hazardous alcohol consumption is the most prevalent public health concern on university campuses in the UK and Ireland. Student-athletes have been identified as being particularly at risk for hazardous drinking and, importantly, also highly resistant to current alcohol interventions. The proposed PhD will critically consider the utility of an alternative intervention approach, narrative therapy, to addressing this issue. 

Applications accepted all year round

Submitted on Friday 3rd July 2020 - 08:30

PhD Opportunity- University of Reading

  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Area of Work: Research
  • Closing date:

Project Title: Co-designing alcohol Interventions in low income-counties

About the Project: "Background Alcohol use has been identified as the cause of approximately 3.3 million deaths worldwide every year, approximately 5.9% of all deaths (WHO, 2014). Harmful alcohol use is one of the four causes of Non-communicable diseases (NCD), and the risks from these are greatest in low- income countries. However, most NCD-related deaths could be prevented or reduced through cost-effective and feasible interventions, especially if delivered through primary health care which is likely to support early detection of harm and provide timely treatment. 


Student will have opportunities to apply Participatory Action Research to explore the health and social impact of alcohol use on individuals and communities from high and/or low-income countries. These findings will be used to co-design health interventions to determine its feasibility and level of engagement. 

Applications accepted all year round.

Submitted on Friday 3rd July 2020 - 08:27

Funded PhD Opportunity- Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

  • Location: Ireland
  • Area of Work: Research
  • Closing date:

Project: 

The epidemiology and associated burden of potentially serious alcohol-medication interactions in ageing populations in Ireland and the UK

About the Project: 

How the body handles alcohol changes as we get older. 

Alcohol-medication interactions may increase the risk of hypoglycaemia, hypotension, sedation, gastro-intestinal bleeding and liver damage. 

The proposed study plans to harness the rich longitudinal information on alcohol consumption and co-occurring medication use among older adults in Ireland and the UK using existing databases such as the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), the English Longitudinal Study on Ageing (ELSA) and Whitehall II. 

This project involves collaboration between the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the University of Cambridge, and will involve a three-month placement at the University of Cambridge

Submitted on Friday 3rd July 2020 - 08:21

Funded PhD Opportunity- University of Manchester

  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Area of Work: Research
  • Closing date:

Project Title: 

(MRC CASE) Breaking Free with Artificial Intelligence: using data-driven insights to improve digital health support for substance use disorders

Description:

Digital health technologies hold promise for transforming healthcare by expanding the ways in which health data can be used. From individual patient management to large-scale organisational planning, an evidence-based approach based on real world data-driven insights is seen as the way to optimise the delivery of healthcare. 

In this project, we will explore fully anonymized data from patients receiving digitally delivered SUD treatment to identify risk factors associated with SUD and the effectiveness of the digital treatment regime. This will be conducted in collaboration with Breaking Free Online (BFO) – a digital health and behavioural science organisation – which provides digital cognitive-behavioural therapy for SUD at scale. 

Submitted on Friday 3rd July 2020 - 08:17

Consultant Psychiatrist in addictions and dual diagnosis

  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Area of Work: Programme Delivery
  • Closing date:

Consultant Psychiatrist in addictions and dual diagnosis.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the specialist addictions and dual diagnosis MDT which is provided by LYPFT as part of the Forward Leeds addiction service across Leeds.

Forward Leeds is a consortium arrangement of four partners, with Humankind acting as the lead provider and data controllers. The Specialist LYPFT NHS Team provide the following functions: Dual Diagnosis, Hospital In-Reach, Pregnancy, Primary Care Alcohol Dependence, & Specialist Psychological Interventions.

The essential role of the clinical service is to provide assessment, treatment and aftercare for people who misuse alcohol and other drugs and who have complex needs.

The clinical service is based within ‘Forward Leeds’, which is the integrated drug and alcohol service for the city of Leeds. Access to services is assured by having LYPFT Addiction Service staff located in locality based ‘hubs’ in Armley, Seacroft and the city centre.

Submitted on Friday 3rd July 2020 - 08:15

Postdoctoral Traineeship- University of Minnesota

  • Location: United States
  • Area of Work: Research
  • Closing date:

The University of Minnesota seeks two postdoctoral fellows interested in conducting NIDA- supported and T32-funded innovative multidisciplinary research in domains including behavioral and clinical neuroscience, clinical psychology, and/or behavioral genetics. There is a particular emphasis on using large-scale neuroimaging and genetic datasets to address questions pertinent to addiction. More information about the position can be found here.  Applicants should submit a cover letter, current CV, 1-2 page research statement, up to 3 preprints/reprints, and a list of 3 referees. Review of applications will begin on July 1, 2020.

Submitted on Friday 3rd July 2020 - 08:12

Clinical Research Director

  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Area of Work: Research
  • Closing date:

Role description:

Quit Genius looking for an experienced researcher who can lead the research function here at Quit Genius. In this role, you will be responsible for driving the research strategy to build on our evidence base for our tobacco cessation program as well as establish the evidence base for our newly launched addiction programmes for vaping, alcohol abuse and opioid abuse. This person will be responsible for all aspects of developing and building research operations to advance the clinical evidence of our programmes. 

Key Responsibilities:

Build and deliver a multi-year clinical research strategy to position the company to become leaders in digital therapeutics research, including the development, implementation, and management of clinical studies.

Manage and build a best-in-class research capability that provides Quit Genius a competitive edge in the marketplace.

Lead on the end-to-end management and delivery of clinical research studies for all our addiction management platforms (tobacco, vaping, opioid and alcohol).

 

 

Submitted on Monday 22nd June 2020 - 09:30

Research Fellow

  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Area of Work: Research
  • Closing date:

The School of Applied Sciences at London South Bank University is committed to its vision of academic excellence with a positive impact in the real world. The Centre for Addictive Behaviours Research is a nationally and internationally-recognized unit devoted to providing a psychosocial understanding of entry into, development of and change in substance-based and behavioural addictions.

This is a unique developmental opportunity for suitably qualified candidates to extend their current work and interests both individually and in collaboration with other Centre members. As such we are seeking to appoint a research fellow with a developing track record in addictive behaviours research for a period of 36 months.

 

Submitted on Saturday 13th June 2020 - 01:39

PhD Studentship

  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Area of Work: Research
  • Closing date:

Project Title: Mental health and cognitive impacts of cannabis use across the life course.

The University of Exeter and the University of Queensland are seeking exceptional students to join a world-leading, cross-continental research team tackling major challenges facing the world’s population in global sustainability and wellbeing as part of the QUEX Institute.

Project Description: Under the healthy living theme of the QUEX partnership this project will aim to understanding individual differences in risk of mental health and cognitive deficits associated with cannabis use, and how this differs for adolescents and older adults. It will examine individual differences in response to treatment for cannabis use disorder and barriers to accessing treatment and also explore how changes in legal status might affect mental health outcomes from smoking cannabis.

Submitted on Saturday 13th June 2020 - 01:25

MUARC Project: The Role of Alcohol in the Incidence of Hospital-Treated Unintentional Injury: A Data Linkage Study

  • Location: Australia
  • Area of Work: Research
  • Closing date:

Title: The role of alcohol in the incidence of hospital-treated unintentional injury: a data linkage study

Supervisors: Assoc. Professor Janneke Berecki and Dr Angela Clapperton

Alcohol consumption increases the risk of injury. Although this is common knowledge, there is limited information available on the injury circumstances, causes and injury types associated with alcohol consumption. Data available for research in this area are limited: alcohol consumption is not well captured in administrative hospital data. This research aims to address this gap in knowledge through a series of studies into alcohol and unintentional injury in Victoria, Australia. This will help develop methodology to better capture alcohol involvement in injury cases presenting to hospital, as well as identify alcohol-related injury risks that can be addressed through prevention strategies.

Study 1

The aim of the first study is to develop ICD-10-AM (International Classification of Diseases) coding to identify alcohol involvement or history in injury-related hospital admissions data. The coding will then be validated by medical chart review.

Study 2

Using the hospital-admitted injury cohort selected in Study 1, the next study will aim to determine how injury admissions with alcohol involvement differ to those without, in terms of patient demographics, injury cause, type and severity, and injury outcomes such as complications and length of stay.

Study 3

The aim of Study 3 is to determine the injury risk profile of those exposed to alcohol. A cohort of patients with hospital-recorded alcohol exposure, intoxication or alcohol-related health problems will be followed over time using linked hospital data and death data. Injury incidence in this cohort (hospital admissions as well as injury deaths) will be compared to injury incidence in a matched control group.

Submitted on Tuesday 9th June 2020 - 12:45

EMCDDA - Scientific Writer and Policy Analyst

  • Location: Portugal
  • Area of Work: Programme Delivery
  • Closing date:

The post holder will work under the supervision of the head of sector in the Support to policy team. This post has two main functions. First, to coordinate the production of outputs in collaboration with other members of the EMCDDA scientific teams and provide support for analysis and reporting on the European drug situation across all areas of the agency’s scientific work programme, second, to act as a drug policy analyst. 

Submitted on Monday 1st June 2020 - 14:52

Research Assistatnt

  • Location: United States
  • Area of Work: Research
  • Closing date:

The University of Colorado Boulder seek a highly motivated individual to support all aspects of our research. Current projects in the lab focus on identifying the influences of cell-type-specific pathways from the brain's reward center, the ventral tegmental area (VTA), on reward and aversion processing in addiction and depression.

Submitted on Tuesday 12th May 2020 - 04:56

PhD Opportunity- Liverpool John Moores University

  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Area of Work: Research
  • Closing date:

How can public support be fostered for controversial, but evidence-based, drug policies that will improve outcomes for stigmatised and marginalised groups?

Project Description

The UK is currently facing some of the highest levels of deaths related to controlled drug use on record. People who use drugs (PWUD) also face other health and social harms related to their drug use, and because of the ways in which society chooses to respond to their drug use. We know that there are interventions and policies that might reduce some of these harms, but despite some promising evidence, these responses may not be implemented, or available to enough people to have an impact. There are many reasons for this, and not all are easy to resolve.
Drug policy and other public health scientists have argued that whilst important, public contribution to policy development and preferences can sometime be tokenistic, and valued only when it is in accordance with the broader political aims of government. Some important public health focused drug policies supported by health professionals and academics can also seem controversial and counter-intuitive to the public, and governments have also used this apparent lack of public support to justify inaction. However, policies that do have public interest and support, and lead to advocacy campaigns are sometimes quickly acted on. A good contrast here is the decision by the UK government to change the law to allow prescription of cannabis-based medicinal products in 2018, but ongoing resistance to change the law to permit the establishment of medically supervised drug consumption facilities in Scotland. 
Some of the reasons why the public may not support particular actions include a lack of familiarity with the aims and evidence underpinning a particular approach, or public attitudes towards PWUD. Public stigma is an important source of social exclusion and determines which policies and practices receive public support. Stigma can also affect the likelihood of PWUD to seek support, and undermine the benefits of treatment, and so this is important to address. We also know that some health and social care professionals can have stigmatising attitudes towards PWUD, and this can affect the level and quality of care provided, and may indirectly affect public opinion. Despite recognition of the importance of stigma on drug-related health and social outcomes, little research has examined techniques that might lead to more inclusive and less stigmatising attitudes towards PWUD. Similarly, although there has been good work in other health fields (e.g. alcohol, tobacco, HIV), there is a lack of work that has examined how public support for controversial, but evidence-based responses to illicit drug use can be fostered. 
We would like to work with a student who is committed to developing a high-quality programme of PhD research that responds to some of these important challenges. The student should generate the research ideas, but based on some of the work we have already done, areas of investigation might include: 

 

  1. How framing of a) drug issues in public discourse (including the media), b) PWUD, and c) responses to drug use can affect public attitudes towards PWUD and public support for controversial policies. 
  2. How the different ways in which evidence for controversial drug policies is presented can affect public support 
  3. The role of mass media in shaping attitudes towards PWUD. In particular in the development of understanding media responses to drug-related ‘problems’, or in the development of evidence-based resources and training for journalists and other media producers to support their reporting.

This is an exciting and important area of work, with direct relevance to practice and policy. This is likely to be multidisciplinary research, and also presents opportunities to collaborate with professionals and partners outside of University settings. It is likely to appeal to students from a broad range of disciplines, including, but not limited to public health, psychology, sociology, criminology, health sciences, journalism, and marketing/communications. It is important that the prospective student shares our values of respect towards PWUD, and shares our commitment to undertaking research that seeks to support marginalised and stigmatised groups and to reduce health and social inequalities. 

Submitted on Tuesday 17th September 2019 - 13:23