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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.

Professorship: FH Münster University of Applied Sciences

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

Job Title

Professorship for “Addiction Assistance and Addiction Prevention in Social Work” at the Department of Social Work

The Role

  • You will teach on our Bachelor and Master’s programmes at the Department of Social Work.
  • Your teaching and research will focus on current theories and approaches in addiction assistance and addiction prevention connected to Social Work.
  • You enjoy applying to interdisciplinary contexts the expertise gained in the course of your practical professional and academic work.
  • You will also contribute to self-government at the department and to the further development of degree programmes and will be involved in academic continuing education.
  • It is quite natural for you to deliver courses involving digital technology, possibly also in English.
Submitted on Tuesday 11th February 2020 - 10:12

Research Fellow: University of Bath

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

The University of Bath are seeking an experienced and highly motivated researcher to join the thriving Tobacco Control Research Group (TCRG) and lead research on the tobacco industry. You will develop, lead and contribute to new and ongoing research projects relevant to STOP which may include: 

  • the development and marketing of tobacco and new nicotine products, including critically examining tobacco industry targeting of vulnerable groups and circumvention of legislation; and/or
  • tobacco industry interests in harm reduction; and/or
  • tobacco industry influence on public health policy at global, regional and national levels

The STOP project

The STOP project brings together the global leaders in tobacco industry monitoring and research, advocacy, accountability and communication. This unique combination will help ensure our research is widely and effectively communicated and maximally impactful.

The project aims to develop a tobacco industry watchdog to deliver policy change. It is a partnership between the Tobacco Control Research Group at the University of Bath, the Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control, Thailand, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Paris, and Vital Strategies, New York. 

Submitted on Tuesday 11th February 2020 - 10:04

PhD Position: Bangor University

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

Project Title

Risk, Uncertainty, and Reward Experiences

Project rationale and description

This project focuses on the effects of various kinds of uncertainty on peoples’ reward-seeking behaviours, with a focus on the consumption of alcohol, gambling products and services, food and drugs. Learning more about the situational, social and psychological factors that promote unhealthy consumption could help us to develop better ways to help affected individuals. The project will use experimental (lab-based as well as online) and survey methods, and will suit someone with interests in cognition, behavioural economics, consumer behaviours, and social factors in health. 

Submitted on Friday 7th February 2020 - 15:09

PhD Studentship- The University of Sheffield

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

Project Title

How do Heavy Drinkers Make Enduring Changes to Their Drinking Behaviour after Taking Part in "Dry January"?


‘Dry January’ and other campaigns in which people attempt to abstain from alcohol for a month are increasingly popular. Temporary abstinence from alcohol combined with remote support may help heavy drinkers to reduce their alcohol consumption in the longer-term. However, we know very little about the psychological and social mechanisms through which people change their drinking behaviour.

This mixed-methods PhD project will directly address this important evidence gap. The candidate will conduct prospective observational studies that will recruit people who attempt a ‘Dry January’ or temporary abstinence at another time of year and ask them about the ways in which they attempt to change their behaviour and their social activities, the psychological changes that they experience, and their drinking behaviour several months later.

They will also conduct semi-structured interviews with people who have attempted to temporarily abstain from alcohol, and ethnographic studies of postings on Dry January forums and other online forums. 

The University of Sheffield, in partnership with Alcohol Change UK, is pleased to offer this fully-funded PhD Studentship as part of the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership.

Submitted on Friday 7th February 2020 - 14:59

National Chapters Regional Coordinator

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

The International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP) is excited to add two National Chapters Regional Coordinators to our small team to support and expand the National Chapter development in Africa and Asia.

ISSUP is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation that supports the professional development of a globally connected substance use prevention, treatment and recovery workforce. ISSUP provides networking opportunities, offers a gateway to training and serves as an online access point for information from the field of drug demand reduction. ISSUP’s approach is informed by evidence-based, high-quality and ethical practice.

A major part of ISSUP’s operation is to establish, monitor and support the development and activity of its National Chapters (

At the end of February 2020 ISSUP will have 18 established National Chapters and 6 in the process of becoming established. The National Chapters operation is currently undertaken on a regional basis with four regions: Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe and the Middle East

As this extremely important aspect of ISSUP’s work progresses it is essential that the National Chapters are appropriately managed, monitored and supported. Their work is accountable to ISSUP Global and it is essential that there is regular communication to help the National Chapters to operate as effectively and efficiently as possible to achieve their objectives of promoting ISSUP’s mission at the national level.

The support of individual National Chapters will include fostering dialogue and positive relationships with other key organisations operating in the drug demand reduction field in the National Chapter countries and region. This will include building relationships with governments and relevant international and national organisations to encourage their awareness and support.

ISSUP seeks to employ 2 Regional Coordinators: one for the African and one for the Asian National Chapter regions

The responsibility of those appointed will involve:

- Working as a member of the ISSUP National Chapter (NC) Coordination team

- Having specific responsibility for their region - Africa or Asia

  • Regular communication with each of the Chapters individually and as a group
  • Ensuring that National Chapters in the region are monitored and that they report on their governance and activities undertaken as ISSUP branded National Chapters
  • Monitoring and reporting on activity of each National Chapter in their region
  • Help in the preparation and review of annual work plans
  • Supporting and encouraging the activities of the National Chapters in their region
  • Building relationships with key stakeholders, including government within each National Chapter country
  • Offering advice and encouragement for the operation of the National Chapters in their region and providing practical input where relevant and appropriate
  • Identifying potential new National Chapters in the region and undertaking the relevant processes for their potential development as an ISSUP National Chapter
  • Ensuring the quality of the National Chapters activities as an ISSUP branded operation
  • Support and monitoring of national and regional events undertaken by the National Chapters
  • Oversight and actions to encourage regional meetings/events for the National Chapters in their region to allow face-to-face meetings of the National Chapters

- Input to the overall operation and development of National Chapters as a key area of ISSUP Global’s work.

The post may involve international travel although the majority of the work and communication between the ISSUP coordination team and with the National Chapters in their region will be undertaken virtually.

Consultancy position initially 6 months to be reviewed after 6 months to ascertain acceptable performance in the role.

ISSUP Global’s operation is primarily operated by UK based staff. However, we want National Chapters to identify as part of the ISSUP family and to encourage the awareness that ISSUP is a major and unique international organisation. ISSUP therefore encourages applicants that are based in the UK or in the regions where the Regional Coordination will take place i.e. Africa and Asia.

Skills and Qualities: 

We welcome applications from any individual who consider themselves to be…

  • Creative
  • Enthusiastic
  • Innovative
  • Flexible
  • Friendly
  • Conscientious

And has the following skills and qualifications:


  • 2-3 years’ experience of working in in the NGO/charity or health care sector
  • Excellent written and verbal skills and the ability to adapt to dealing with different types of stakeholders
  • Able to organise ISSUP’s National Chapters for input to social media and website content
  • Be able to build good relationships with health and social care professionals, governmental officials, policy makers, researchers NGO representatives and others involved in drug demand reduction
  • English speaking (native or CEFR C2)
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office and social media platforms
  • Show and use initiative
  • Strong attention to detail and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to plan, organise and prioritise your own work
  • Team-player: Able to communicate and integrate within a small team
  • Ability to work independently and self-motivated


  • Some knowledge of substance use prevention, treatment and recovery support, or related healthcare fields will be an advantage but not essential
  • Be experienced in working with health and social care professionals, governmental officials, policy makers, researchers NGO representatives and others involved in drug demand reduction
  • Additional language proficiency is a plus
  • Experience working within a membership organisation
  • Event planning experience

Salary range: up to £23,000 ($30,000) p.a. dependent upon experience

Contract length: 6 months


Start date: 1 April 2020

Interviews will be held online, week commencing 16 March 2020

If you are interested in the position, please send your CV and a cover letter to Kirsty Fitzpatrick at kirsty [dot] fitzpatrick [at] issup [dot] net ( )by 28 February 2020. If you have any questions regarding the role or the organisation, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Submitted on Tuesday 4th February 2020 - 11:59

Post-Doctoral Fellow: Translational Addiction Medicine

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

The Section on Clinical Psychoneuroendocrinology and Neuropsychopharmacology (CPN) is a translational and clinical laboratory of the National Institutes of Health Intramural Research Program (NIH IRP), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), jointly funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and is currently recruiting a Post-Doctoral Fellow.

The laboratory conducts human clinical and translational inpatient and outpatient studies to identify possible novel medications for addiction.

The overall goal of these studies is to identify and develop novel effective treatments for alcohol and substance use disorder. The focus of the laboratory is to study novel pathways related to the microbiome-gut-liver-brain axis, with special emphasis on neuroendocrine pathways, gut microbiome and surgical manipulations of the gut-brain axis. Neuroimaging experiments are also employed and integrated in these human laboratory studies. The selected candidate will have access to lectures, educational, mentoring and grant training opportunities at the lab-level, and NIH-wide.

Submitted on Sunday 2nd February 2020 - 16:02

EMCDDA Traineeship Offer

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

EMCDDA are looking for trainees to work for these units:

Scientific Coordination (SDI)

Based within the Scientific Coordination team, the trainee will provide support for the organisation of the scientific conference Lisbon Addictions 2021, the EMCDDA future's project and cross-agency/organisation institutional collaboration. The trainee will also assist with the planning, implementation and follow-up of various technical meetings.

Public Health Unit (HEA)

Based within the public health coordination, the trainee will assist the public health unit in work with implementation of important priorities linked to drug trends analysis, drug policy and practice. In addition, the trainee will assit with tasks linked to evaluation and preparation of the next European Responses Guide. The trainee will also assist with tasks including meeting preparation and support, ad hoc literature reviews

Risks to Public Safety and Security Unit (SAS)

Based within the SAS unit, the trainees will contribute to the work of two areas: 1) new psychoactive substances, and 2) drug markets, crime and supply reduction. In particular, in area 1), the trainee will contribute to: NPS data management; support the operation of the EU Early Warning System, including the preparation of reports on new psychoactive substances such as Initial Reports and Risk Assessments; and the monitoring of open source information. In area 2), the trainee will support the development, implementation and data analysis of supply-related data collections and tools; the technical content of expert meetings and training; and the development of the EMCDDA's open source information monitoring programme. The trainee will also contribute to anticipated threat assessments.
Traineeship offer (M/F) 

Submitted on Sunday 2nd February 2020 - 15:02

Postdoctoral Scholar: The Pennsylvania State University

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

The Criminal Justice Research Center (CJRC) at The Pennsylvania State University ( invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position to begin June 1, 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter. The CJRC supports innovative criminal justice research focused on the connections between research, policy, and practice.

The successful applicant will collaborate with Dr Jeremy Staff in the Department of Sociology and Criminology and Dr Jennifer Maggs in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies on substance use research that focuses on the precursors, correlates, and consequences of electronic and combustible cigarette use in adolescence.

Responsibilities will include analyses of longitudinal data; preparation of grant proposals, manuscripts, and conference presentations; and participation in graduate student mentoring. In addition to collaborative projects, the scholar will have access to exceptional resources to facilitate his or her independent research. 

If selected as a finalist for the position, recommendation letters will be requested. Preference will be given to candidates with advanced training in statistics and experience analyzing longitudinal datasets, and to those with an interest in and likelihood of developing an independent research program focusing on adolescent substance use. 

Submitted on Wednesday 8th January 2020 - 10:36

Addiction Medicine Physician

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

The Addiction Medicine physician will provide patient care in the context of multidisciplinary teams in both the inpatient and outpatient settings to patients who suffer from substance abuse disorders or who are at-risk. The physician may additionally provide didactic and clinical teaching of fellows, residents and other learners.

This is an opportunity to work with a multi-disciplinary team that is nationally recognized for their contributions to teaching, research, and leadership in Addiction Medicine.

The School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end in itself but, also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.

Submitted on Tuesday 7th January 2020 - 13:46

PhD Opportunity- University of Liverpool

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

Project Title: Determining the impact of underage alcohol/substance use on child health and well-being

Description: English statistics report that in 2016, almost half of girls (46%) and boys (43%) aged 11-15 years had consumed alcohol. This increased to 65% by 16-17 years. Almost a quarter of 15-year olds (23%) reported being drunk within the past 4 weeks, and by 14 years, approximately one third had tried an illicit substance (e.g. cannabis). Underage alcohol/substance use (UASU) can have significant long-term consequences on brain development, and increases risk of accident/injury, violent/criminal behaviour, pregnancy/STIs, and lowers educational/employment attainment. These effects can be more pronounced in lower socio-economic populations, important for Liverpool where 33% of those <16yrs live in poverty. Despite the common involvement of alcohol and substance use in emergency department visits which involve 'adverse' factors (e.g. violence, self-harm), few emergency departments offer any alcohol/substance-related interventions to underage patients.

This research will provide a comprehensive understanding of underage alcohol/substance use (UASU). The successful candidate will work with children, families, paediatric clinicians, and organisations (e.g. schools) to determine attitudes around UASU, and identify factors that increase UASU and perceived barriers to reducing this behaviour. This data will be collected via a range of quantitative (e.g. surveys) and qualitative (e.g. interviews) research methods, and consider the impact of health inequalities.

The candidate will work with existing healthcare records to better understand the nature of UASU admissions. The candidate will conduct relevant systematic reviews and/or meta-analyses to identify the current evidence around effective interventions to reduce UASU. This work will support collaboration with adolescents and healthcare professionals to develop guidance on tools which can be used in clinical/non-clinical settings to identify and/or reduce UASU.

Submitted on Tuesday 7th January 2020 - 13:31

Director of Membership & Affiliates

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

Job Description:

The Director of Membership & Affiliates provides primary leadership and management for all aspects of membership and affiliate growth and engagement. Success relies on the ability to view members and potential members from different perspectives, identify and anticipate member needs and how this drive perceived value of membership, and determine the most effective ways to involve members in way that respects their personal and professional commitment. In addition, this role will be the liaison between NAADAC and its state and international affiliates, coordinate regional and state calls and events, and collaborate with other departments to promote and grow NAADAC events, programs, and services.

Submitted on Tuesday 7th January 2020 - 12:50

PhD Position Bangor University - School of Psychology

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

Project Title: Risk, Uncertainty, and Reward Experiences.

Project rationale and description: This project focuses on the effects of various kinds of uncertainty on peoples’ reward-seeking behaviours, with a focus on the consumption of alcohol, gambling products and services, food and drugs. Learning more about the situational, social and psychological factors that promote unhealthy consumption could help us to develop better ways to help affected individuals. The project will use experimental (lab-based as well as online) and survey methods, and will suit someone with interests in cognition, behavioural economics, consumer behaviours, and social factors in health. 

Submitted on Tuesday 7th January 2020 - 12:14

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