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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 Project

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

Title

Alcohol Consumption and Mental Health Literacy in Young People

Project Description

According to the Global Drug Survey, nearly half of young people with existing mental health conditions increased their alcohol consumption during COVID-19 lockdown. Reasons for this included feeling depressed and anxious. Drinking for coping reasons is associated with long term problems (Holahan et al, 2001), and a vicious circle of excessive drinking and poor mental health. 

Mental Health Literacy (MHL) includes understanding how to obtain and maintain positive mental health, knowledge of help-seeking options, and decreasing stigma. Higher levels of MHL may be linked to lower levels of mental ill health, and may serve to encourage more healthy coping strategies. However, the field of MHL is currently characterised by “conceptual confusion and methodological inconsistency” (Mansfield et al, 2020, p11) and many interventions to improve MHL lack a theoretical basis, and focus on mental ‘disorder’ rather than mental ‘health’. 

This studentship will involve initial scoping research to inform the development of an intervention, which focuses on the potential of improving MHL. This work could start by exploring the relationship between MHL, alcohol consumption and coping strategies. Our research group values co-production and employs systematic frameworks in intervention development. 


The successful application will join the Children and Young People Network at Oxford Brookes. 

As part of their Studentship, any successful applicant will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching a week during semesters without further remuneration. Training will be given. 

 

Submitted on Monday 19th October 2020 - 20:29

PhD Studentship

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

This PhD project will ask: 

Can we isolate the relationships between cannabis use, tobacco use and psychiatric disease through triangulation of data from cohort studies and brain imaging studies, and across statistical methods that differ in their ability to make causal links?

Background: 

Cannabis is gaining increasing acceptance as a medicinal and recreational drug and prevalence of use is rising worldwide. There are concerns about the association between cannabis and tobacco with risk of psychiatric disease, including severe and chronic disorders such as psychosis. The association between cannabis and psychiatric disease may be confounded by tobacco-use.

We propose an innovative approach to explore the impact of single- and combined-use of tobacco and cannabis on brain function and structure, between people with and without psychiatric illness (anxiety, depression, psychosis). 

International impact: 

Understanding the impact of single and combined use on brain regions will inform conclusions about the influence of these substances on psychiatric disease, and will have important policy implications, in the UK and around the globe.

 

Submitted on Wednesday 14th October 2020 - 09:12

Researcher- Adelaide Medical School

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

The Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST) was developed for the World Health Organisation (WHO) by an international group of substance abuse researchers to detect and manage substance use and related problems in primary and general medicine care settings.

Adelaide Medical School are seeking a researcher with extensive clinical experience in the drug and alcohol sector to oversee the ASSIST program. The successful applicant will also be required to conduct and coordinate research, disseminate findings, develop training resources and support organisations implementing the ASSIST program.

Submitted on Wednesday 14th October 2020 - 09:09

Researcher- Glasgow Caledonian University

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

The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary world-leading research group with a strong track record in deliver high impact research in design and evaluation of public health interventions across areas of blood borne viruses (BBVs), sexual health and substance use.

We are looking for an experienced data scientist to work with us in the areas of epidemiology, substance use and blood borne-viruses. The successful candidate will help to support a study funded by the Scottish Government Death Task Force.

The main goal of this study is to use linked and unlinked administrative data to measure the risks of mortality related to problem drug use in Scotland, and determine to what extent specific interventions (Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) and Take-Home Naloxone (THN)) are protective against drug-related deaths. 

Submitted on Tuesday 13th October 2020 - 17:32

Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (JSAT) Editorial Fellowship Program

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

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Applications are now being accepted for the JSAT Editorial Fellowship Program. Supported by Elsevier and JSAT, the Fellowship is a one-year experience to begin in January 2021. We seek two Fellows for 2021. The compensation for the Fellowship is $1,000 for each Fellow, and the experience accrued will support future involvement in the editorial side of scientific publishing. Previous Editors-In-Chief and a current Associate Editor of JSAT were Editorial Fellows. Furthermore, there are several models for the Fellowship leading to roles on the JSAT Editorial Board.

The Fellows will participate in bi-weekly phone calls with the Editor-In-Chief, and monthly phone calls with the Editor-In-Chief, Associate Editors, and Managing Editor. The former will focus on manuscript review, the ethics of authorship and review, and how to combine and synthesize conflicting reviews into a constructive decision. Each Fellow will be expected to advance twelve to fifteen papers over the year through the editorial process from submission to review to publication decision. The work should not be longer than 1 to 2 hours per week. The Fellowship should result in a superb knowledge of contemporary electronic scientific publication and also improve writing skills and manuscript preparation.

The ideal applicant would be a person in an early to mid-phase of her or his academic or research career, with a track record indicating a commitment to substance use treatment research. Those interested should email Dr. Peter Friedmann, Editor-In-Chief, directly with questions (Peter [dot] Friedmann [at] baystatehealth [dot] org).

Applicants should send via email to Emily Babson: ewbabson [at] gmail [dot] com: 1) a one-page letter to the Editor expressing interest in the Fellowship, describing any previous experience with JSAT as an author or reviewer, and indicating how the Fellowship will fit into career plans; and 2) a curriculum vitae. Applications are due by November 2, 2020. The editorial team will make final decisions, with a January 2021 start.

https://els-jbs-prod-cdn.jbs.elsevierhealth.com/pb/assets/raw/Health%20Advance/journals/sat/jsat_editorial_fellowship2021.pdf

Submitted on Tuesday 13th October 2020 - 09:40

Research Fellow- University of the West of Scotland

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

The Contemporary Drug & Alcohol Studies (CDAS) programme at the University of the West of Scotland is seeking to appoint a full-time fixed term (14 months) Research Fellow with extensive experience in qualitative research, and a particular expertise in researching marginalised populations.

The successful applicant will be a lead member of an inter-institutional research project recently funded by the Scottish Drug Deaths Taskforce called Understanding the Role and Potential of Primary Care in the Prevention of Drug Deaths post COVID-19 led by Dr. Aileen O’Gorman, CDAS, UWS and Professor Anne Whittaker, University of Stirling. The postholder will be based at UWS Paisley campus.

The study design uses mixed methods combining interviews and focus groups with GPs, patients, affected family members and other stakeholders with complex systems mapping. Key duties include:

  • Collect and analyse data from each practice on the socio-demographic profile of their patients and local population; as well as local health and social care data.
  • Recruit research participants and conduct audio-taped qualitative interviews/focus groups, on line if necessary.
  • Enter data into NVivo, code and analyse qualitative data, develop framework matrices, write up analytic reports.
  • Assist with the development of the complex systems mapping process using KUMU software
Submitted on Thursday 8th October 2020 - 19:02

Associate / Full Professor - Chair in Addiction Psychiatry

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

The Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) invite applications for the Chair in Addiction Psychiatry. This position is a University of Toronto Endowed Chair. The expected start date is January 1, 2021.

The University of Toronto has one of the strongest research and teaching faculties in North America, and is consistently ranked as the top Canadian university in international rankings. The Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN), composed of the University and including CAMH amongst its nine fully affiliated institutes, is one of the world’s largest, most productive academic health science centres.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (250 College Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 1R8) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues.

Candidates for the endowed chair position must have a distinguished record of external funding, strong evidence of research and scholarly achievement, consistent record of publication, experience in mentoring, and documentation of outstanding teaching performance. Candidates must demonstrate a proven capacity for leadership, integration and collaboration in the field of addiction psychiatry.

Submitted on Thursday 1st October 2020 - 10:06

PhD Studentship

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

PhD Studentship: In Psychology: Cannabis, Tobacco and Psychiatric Disease: Examining the Impact of Single and Combined-use on Brain Structure and Function (MRC Funded)

This PhD project will ask: 

Can we isolate the relationships between cannabis use, tobacco use and psychiatric disease through triangulation of data from cohort studies and brain imaging studies, and across statistical methods that differ in their ability to make causal links?

International impact: 

Understanding the impact of single and combined use on brain regions will inform conclusions about the influence of these substances on psychiatric disease, and will have important policy implications, in the UK and around the globe.

Aims and method:

  • Study 1: Systematic review and meta-analysis of imaging studies exploring the association between cannabis, tobacco use and psychiatric disease.
  • Study 2: A cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis using pre-existing data from cohort studies with imaging data (IMAGEN, UK Biobank) to examine the association between dual and single cannabis/tobacco use and its impact on brain structure and function.
  • Study 3: The student will collect novel data via fMRI. Results from Study 2 will determine a-priori regions of interest used in this study.
Submitted on Thursday 1st October 2020 - 10:02

Postdoctoral Research Associate- Binghampton University

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

BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY invites applications for a NIAAA-funded postdoctoral training program in Developmental Neuroadaptations in Alcohol and Addictions. This training program has a strong affiliation with the Developmental Exposure Alcohol Research Center (www.binghamton.edu/dearc), a NIAAA-funded P50 Center situated within the Behavioral Neuroscience programme in the Department of Psychology.

In recognition of the fact that alcoholism and addictions have their origins in neurobehavioral development, our program focuses on training in the implementation of approaches that enable characterization of ontogenetic antecedents leading to alcohol- and drug-use disorders, as well as in strategies to mitigate these outcomes. Our program has a strong focus on pre-clinical research, though opportunities also exist for training in clinical psychology and/or interventions research.

Submitted on Monday 14th September 2020 - 13:13

Postdoctoral Research Fellow- Loyola Marymount University

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

Under the direct supervision of the Principal Investigator, this position will be expected to work closely with The LMUTobacco Research Team and The Veteran and Military Family Research Laboratory on a Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program for the project entitled, “Youth Vaping in Los Angeles.”

This three-year mixed-methods study integrates quantitative spatial data and qualitative interviews from adolescents in order to create geo-narratives.

Submitted on Monday 7th September 2020 - 11:58

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Adolescent Vaping

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

Loyola Marymount University is recruiting for a postdoctoral research fellow in the area of: health disparities, the influence of social/ecological/geographic context on health and well-being, substance use/misuse and associated problems, public health, as well as marijuana, tobacco, alcohol, or other drug research and policy. Remote work opportunities for the position may be possible.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Substance Use and Adolescent Populations

The Tobacco Research Team at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position focused on substance use (new tobacco products, vaping) among adolescents. The postdoctoral fellow will join an active research and evaluation team working on multiple funded projects for state efforts to address the vaping epidemic.

The selected Fellow will participate in all aspects of research and evaluation including project management, development, implementation, and data analysis. The Fellow will author peer-reviewed publications, reports, and proposals to state and federal funding sources. The position offers ample opportunities for working with data from multiple projects, developing publications, interdisciplinary collaboration, professional networking, teaching, and enhancement of analytic skills. The Fellow will be encouraged to develop their own research agenda related to substance use and to collaborate with faculty, staff, and students. A doctoral degree in a relevant field is required (e.g., social work, criminal justice, psychology, sociology, public health). The ideal candidate will have strong mixed-methods research skills with experience analyzing survey, administrative, and qualitative data. Relevant experience and research interests should be noted in the letter of application. The primary assignment will be at the LMU Tobacco Research Team, under the direct supervision of the Principal Investigator, Dr. Roberto Cancio on a Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program for the project entitled, “Youth Vaping in Los Angeles.” This three-year mixed-methods study integrates quantitative spatial data and qualitative interviews from adolescents in order to create geo-narratives.

Founded in 1911, LMU is a top-ranked university rooted in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions. We are committed to fostering a diverse academic community rich in opportunity for intellectual engagement and real-world experience. We enroll an academically ambitious, multicultural, and socioeconomically diverse student body. As a Carnegie-classified R2 school, LMU is recognized nationally as a doctoral university with high research activity. We recruit, retain and support a diverse faculty committed to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and creativity. Our three campuses are rooted in the heart of Los Angeles, a global capital for arts and entertainment, innovation and technology, business and entrepreneurship.

LMU offers excellent benefits and competitive salaries that exceed the National Institute of HealthÂ’s postdoctoral stipend levels. Funding is guaranteed for one year with the possibility of additional years based on performance.

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit a CV, writing sample, a cover letter outlining their previous training, research interests and experiences, career goals, and the name and contact information for three references to the online application interface at: https://jobs.lmu.edu/postings/45464. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Any questions can be forwarded to Roberto [dot] cancio [at] lmu [dot] edu .

Submitted on Friday 21st August 2020 - 14:53

Knowledge Broker​​​​- Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

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

It is the mandate of the Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization (SPKM) division to facilitate, lead and participate in the gathering, connecting and mobilizing people, knowledge and other resources for collective action and change toward shared goals.

Reporting to the Director, Knowledge Mobilization, the Knowledge Broker works collaboratively with other divisions in CCSA, draws on existing bodies of knowledge or evidence from research and other sources, and works with key stakeholders to provide tailored, evidence-informed guidance and practical tools to facilitate desired changes in practice, programs or policies. Through facilitating the collaborative efforts of stakeholders and partners, this role uses effective knowledge mobilization approaches to encourage the application of evidence in practice, program and policy development and implementation.

Responsibilities

  • Lead or assist in the developing and implementing knowledge mobilization plans on assigned national priorities
  • Work closely with CCSA colleagues to identify partners and stakeholders across Canada, and ensure they have access to CCSA products and services to address their needs and issues
  • Identify networks of stakeholders and partners that can both benefit from and contribute to the collective effort to reduce harms to and improve care for those affected by substance use and addiction
  • Work with CCSA colleagues to interpret and summarize research findings to form the basis of knowledge mobilization plans, products, tools and activities to inform practice, policy and program development in the field of substance use
  • Participate in environmental scans and needs assessments with stakeholders to identify issues and problems, readiness for change, and common goals and solutions
  • Coordinate project work on assigned national priorities through applying principles of project planning and administration, and collaborating with colleagues, including by identifying deliverables, timelines, risks, budgeting and stakeholder engagement
  • Participate in continuous learning and peer-to-peer learning opportunities with colleagues, partners and networks to advance knowledge and competency of effective knowledge mobilization practices in the substance use field
  • Collaborate with colleagues to enhance the application of sex- and gender-based analysis + to research, product development and tool development
  • Lead collaboration efforts with a variety of stakeholders to negotiate creative, practical and relevant approaches to knowledge mobilization for sustainable solutions and change
Submitted on Friday 7th August 2020 - 10:13

Research Project Assistant: The University of Vermont

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

Posting Summary: Provide technical and administrative assistance and perform data management functions in support of University research projects. At the direction of the Principal Investigator, curate genomic and neuroimaging datasets for the ENIGMA Addiction Consortium Study, a federally funded research study in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont.

Submitted on Thursday 6th August 2020 - 08:22

Postdoctoral Research Associate

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

Current research with a priori specified health economics aims includes an NIH-funded Center with three multilevel behavioural intervention trials for improving blood pressure control in people with hypertension:

  • a community-based intervention to increase the availability of healthy foods (American Indians);
  • a provider- and patient-based intervention using home blood pressure monitoring and targeted physician alerts in a healthcare organization (Alaska Natives);
  • and a peer-facilitated educational intervention that emphasizes low salt, healthy diets based on traditional foods (Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders).
  • reduce alcohol-related morbidity and mortality in American Indian and Alaska Native people:
  • an intervention to prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancies among women of child-bearing age engaged in risky drinking behaviours;
  • an intervention that incorporates a traditional cultural practice for reducing alcohol use among for individuals with alcohol use disorders;
  • and an intervention to facilitate the transition from alcohol detoxification to appropriate outpatient treatment programs.
Submitted on Monday 3rd August 2020 - 11:54

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