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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.

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 (www.justicecenter.psu.edu) 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

Research Impact & Translation Manager

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

Turning Point is a national addiction treatment centre, dedicated to providing high quality, evidence-based treatment to people adversely affected by alcohol, drugs and gambling, integrated with world-leading research and education. The Monash Addiction Research Centre (MARC) draws on the multidisciplinary strengths and capabilities of researchers across the University to develop and test novel, scalable prevention and treatment approaches. We are looking to engage a Research Impact and Translation Manager, who will be responsible for delivering research findings to internal and external stakeholders in a way that builds research impact nationally.

Based at Turning Point in Richmond and reporting to the Director of Turning Point and MARC, the Research Impact and Translation Manager will work with Turning Point and MARC leadership, researchers and clinicians to develop, implement and evaluate a research impact program; collaboratively establishing processes and systems to enable translation of research and achieve research impact. The incumbent will also build strong networks and champion an understanding of research and its application across the community. The position will manage the production and delivery of regular syntheses of research, using innovative and engaging communications methods.

Submitted on Tuesday 7th January 2020 - 13:53

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- University of Sheffield

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

Project title: Determinants and Psychological Correlates of Sustained Behaviour Change and Recovery from Addiction

Project description:  Although difficult, many people who are addicted to alcohol or drugs eventually recover from their addiction, often without any formal treatment. Similarly, many heavy drinkers are able to ‘cut down’ their alcohol consumption, sometimes without help and often in response to life changes. There is some preliminary evidence that both types of recovery / behaviour change are accompanied by important psychological changes such that involve executive functions, automatic cognitive processing biases, and subjective beliefs about alcohol. These observations raise a number of additional questions, answers to which could contribute important information about the process of behaviour change and how treatments might be optimized in order to bring about those psychological changes. For example, which psychological processes (if any) play the most important causal role in behaviour change, and which arise as a consequence of behaviour change? How do addiction treatments and behaviour change interventions influence these psychological constructs, and how might those interventions need to be modified in the future? This research would involve a series of cross-sectional and longitudinal investigations of people who have yet to change their behaviour, people who are currently attempting to change, and people who have successfully changed their behaviour or recovered from addiction. It may also involve work to build on and clarify the observations from these studies, such as experimental field studies, or development and preliminary evaluation of novel interventions.

Submitted on Tuesday 7th January 2020 - 12:11

Regional Manager- Alcohol and Drug Foundation

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

As the Northern Territory Regional Manager, you will support communities to build resilience to reduce the harm of alcohol and other drugs. Working alongside an Adelaide based State Manager, and as part of the South Australian/Northern Territory team, you will be responsible for the management and delivery of an integrated collection of programs and projects within the Northern Territory

Furthermore, you will play a key role in supporting mutually beneficial stakeholder and funder relationships within the NT.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Identify, build, develop and strengthen strategic partnerships to meet the ADF's objectives.
  • Build and maintain key stakeholder relationships including local and territory Government representatives.
  • Significantly contribute to the effective delivery of all operational requirements of ADF programs and funding compliance.
  • Contribute to ongoing program improvement and development through the ability to align with and strengthen business outcomes.

Attendance at meetings outside of core business hours and travel within the region will be required, therefore you will need to hold a valid driver's licence and have access to a vehicle for work related travel.

Submitted on Tuesday 7th January 2020 - 09:25

Coordinator (Policy and Public Affairs)- Alcohol Focus Scotland

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

Alcohol Focus Scotland is seeking a skilled policy professional to join our passionate team in the delivery of our strategic priorities. You will have a varied and challenging role, with a focus on developing and communicating our policy advocacy work, sharing the latest research, and keeping the team up to date on developments in parliament.

They are looking for a candidate with:

  • experience of supporting the development and implementation of advocacy campaigns to achieve strategic and policy goals;
  • experience of gathering and interpreting evidence and research to support policy and practice development;
  • experience of engaging with politicians and other decision-makers to influence policy;
  • the ability to communicate a range of information to a variety of audiences;
  • a commitment to working collaboratively to deliver outcomes that improve the lives of people in Scotland.

This role will form a crucial part of AFS’s work to influence policy in the Scottish Government’s consultation on alcohol marketing in 2020 and AFS’s manifesto for the 2021 Scottish parliamentary elections, and so provides an exciting opportunity for anyone wishing to progress their policy career.

Submitted on Monday 23rd December 2019 - 18:57

Addiction Psychologist - Clinical Assistant Professor

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

Suffolk County New York, where Stony Brook University is situated, is currently suffering from an opioid epidemic in addition to the typical prevalence of other substance use disorders. This has led to the creation of a new Division of Addiction Psychiatry, directed by Richard N. Rosenthal, MD. Stony Brook's anticipated affiliations with community hospitals, one which currently operates NYS licensed SUD programs, will require a coordinated effort to help address the county-wide problem.

The new faculty member will provide clinical care as well as teaching/supervising evidence-based psychosocial interventions in addiction to medical students, and residents in psychiatry and other departments

The faculty will be tasked with assisting Division faculty in the provision of the clinical, research, and educational programs related to addiction, coordinate and oversee quality of pyshosocial treatments for addiction between hospital sites, and work with the Division Director to develop vibrant and competitive Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine Fellowships. She/he will assist the Division Director in working with the hospitals and School of Medicine to develop comprehensive, demonstrably high-quality addiction services across the spectrum. She/he will routinely join in the collaboration with internal and external stakeholders when developing programs and to help move the community toward a prevention model. Successful candidate will have protected time to work independently and/or with senior faculty to develop/continue research, and generate a career development plan. 

Submitted on Sunday 1st December 2019 - 16:23

Health Sciences Assistant/Associate Clinical Professor – Addiction Psychiatry Services

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

The University of California, Davis, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is recruiting for a Health Sciences Assistant/Associate Clinical Professor to serve as teaching attending physician in its Addiction Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic with a culturally diverse patient population.

The applicant(s) will also be supervising general psychiatry residents with their addiction cases, and both general and combined residents in IM/Psych FM/Psych.

Experience with the full range of addictions treatment modalities highly desired.

Time is allocated for didactic teaching, case conferences, and supervision. In addition, the applicant(s) will engage in scholarly or creative activities derived from and in support of their clinical teaching, professional and service activities. The candidates will also evaluate and treat their own patients.

Submitted on Sunday 1st December 2019 - 16:13

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