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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.

Research Associate

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

To make a leading contribution to the NIHR Global Health Research Group on Social Policy and Health Inequalities (SPHI) project. Our main goal is to improve population health in Brazil by studying the social determinants of health and improving our understanding of how to reduce inequalities in low and middle-income countries.

Health inequalities exist within as well as between countries and are a priority for global health. The research utilises and enhances the 100 million cohort in Brazil to understand health inequalities in Brazil and evaluate social policies using a natural experiment approach. The 100 million cohort provides information on 114 million low-income people in Brazil, by bringing together administrative records on welfare benefits with health outcomes (including mortality and hospitalisations).

The post holder will conduct, manage and publish research in the area of Global health inequalities as well as assist in managing and directing this complex and challenging project. Specifically, the post holder will be responsible for investigating the potential biases arising as a result of incomplete recording of mortality and other health outcomes, as well as developing methods that could be implemented to address this bias.

Submitted on Wednesday 11th March 2020 - 10:48

Research Assistant/Associate/Fellow

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

There is evidence that exposure to unhealthy commodities (tobacco, alcohol and to a lesser extent foods high in fat, salt and sugar, HFSS) imagery in televised media causes young people to experiment with and become regular users of these unhealthy commodities, but the magnitude of the public health problem caused by this exposure, the drivers for inclusion and the most appropriate preventive policy responses remain uncertain. The post holder will support a programme of work on tobacco, alcohol and HFSS media content, building on our existing work in this area and extending to other forms of ‘new’ media including YouTube, TikTok and Instagram.

The successful candidate will work with Dr. Rachael Murray and Dr. Alex Barker; coding media for alcohol, tobacco and junk food content so will, therefore, need to be IT literate, highly focussed and organised, with strong attention to detail.

Submitted on Wednesday 11th March 2020 - 09:20

Research Associate

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

And the post holder will work specifically on two main projects: Alcohol interventions to reduce alcohol harm in acute alcoholic liver disease project and the utility, acceptability and efficacy of wearable transdermal alcohol monitoring project.

To work on the NIHR funded Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) South London Alcohol Theme programme of research, led by Professor Colin Drummond. The post holder will work as part of a team on all aspects of the ARC Alcohol Theme research including literature reviewing, study design, preparation of ethics and governance documents, data collection, analyses, and dissemination.

The ARC Alcohol Theme aims to develop and evaluate optimal methods of implementation of alcohol interventions targeting harmful and dependent drinkers with physical and mental comorbidities.

Submitted on Wednesday 11th March 2020 - 09:18

PhD Research Scholarship - Centre for Alcohol Policy

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

This PhD scholarship is related to a new ethnographic project funded by the Australian Research Council and the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth). We are seeking an outstanding applicant with a strong track record of academic excellence in anthropology, sociology, gender studies or a relevant discipline (i.e. youth studies). 

The successful applicant will be required to undertake field research (participant observation, interviews, observation) involving work in the evening and on weekends.

This Scholarship is available to Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian Permanent Residents only.

The Project will collect ethnographic and qualitative interview data to comprehensively investigate drinking cultures among nurses and lawyers. The Project aims to generate important new knowledge on the cultural and social practices that shape drinking among nurses and lawyers, and illuminate relations between drinking cultures and alcohol-related problems.

Submitted on Sunday 1st March 2020 - 16:09

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

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