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Welcome to our Job Board!

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 Researchers- Health and Environment

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

The University of Edinburgh are currently seeking to recruit two Postdoctoral Researchers (Health & Environment) to join the CRESH team to work on and contribute to two studies on the geography of unhealthy commodities.

The first position is part of the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) Consortium – SPECTRUM (Shaping Public hEalth poliCies To Reduce ineqUalities and harm). SPECTRUM has an ambitious programme of research, knowledge exchange and public engagement focusing on the commercial determinants of health relating to tobacco, alcohol and food.

The second role will contribute to an ESRC funded project ‘Change in alcohol and tobacco availability, population health and the lived experience’ which will measure change in the availability of alcohol and tobacco in Scottish neighbourhoods over time and explore how this change relates to health outcomes and how residents experience the availability of alcohol and tobacco in their neighbourhoods.

Submitted on Monday 14th October 2019 - 15:00

Service Coordinator

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

CNWL Addictions is a well-established NHS provider offering a wide range of high-quality drug and alcohol treatment interventions to diverse and multicultural populations.

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust are looking for an experienced Service Coordinator/ NMP who will primarily be prescribing controlled drugs and managing a small caseload of substance misuse client at our Cobbold Road site.

Submitted on Monday 14th October 2019 - 14:56

Chair in Addictions, Treatment and Recovery-KCL

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

The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) has an ambitious vision to continue world-leading research, education and clinical translation on 'what works' in the prevention and treatment of substance misuse.

To support this, we are currently recruiting for a Chair in Addictions Treatment and Recovery to provide leadership within the Addictions Department (also known as the National Addiction Centre). 

This role offers an exciting opportunity to play an important role in developing stronger research into treatment and recovery, with attention to robust scientific process to shape academic strategy and also inform evolution of improved policy and practice.

The appointee will have an outstanding track-record of relevant research and will build on national and international endeavours in this field.

Submitted on Monday 14th October 2019 - 14:53

Solicitor- Release

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

Release is seeking a qualified solicitor to join their legal team. Applications are welcomed from those who have experience of social welfare law, including housing and/or social security, and/or criminal law. However, if you are passionate about working for a charity and don’t have experience in these areas we will consider your application.

Since Release’s inception in 1967, the organisation has continuously and actively advocated for open access to justice for all individuals with a specific emphasis on substance misuse and dependency.

Key objectives:

  • To deliver high-quality legal services to clients of drug treatment centres in the London area.
  • To provide advice, casework and representation in the category of welfare benefits, housing and debt.
  • To provide legal advice on the national helpline to those impacted upon by the drug laws or have legal problems due to their drug use (training will be provided).
Submitted on Friday 11th October 2019 - 14:00

Public Information Officer- UNODC

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

This position is located in the Advocacy Section (AS), Public Affairs and Policy Support Branch (PAB), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Chief, AS.

Within assigned authority the Public Information Officer will carry out the following specific tasks:

  • Support and coordinate the production of social media content for the Office’s accounts (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr) in support of information programmes and campaigns to publicize the mandate; coordinate, monitor and report on social media account progress with all relevant partners and through analytics in order to take appropriate follow-up action and advise on outcomes.
  • Support the implementation of information programmes and campaigns to publicize priority issues and/or major events, to include drafting information strategies, implementing actions, coordinating efforts, monitoring and reporting on progress, taking appropriate follow-up action, and analyzing the outcome.
  • Support and coordinate the production of major and short video programmes/products, and video news releases to be distributed online and through other vehicles as appropriate.
  • Substantially contribute to, coordinate and guide the production of communication products with an emphasis on digital material, including social media and video content in particular and press releases, as required; this to include proposing topics, undertaking research, determining appropriate medium and target audience, writing drafts, obtaining clearances and finalizing and editing texts.
  • Act as a focal point on specific issues, particularly relating to social media and involving NY headquarters, including monitoring and reporting on developments; responding to multimedia inquiries as required.
  • Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned communication projects; monitor and analyze project development and implementation; identify problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions; identify and track follow-up actions.
  • Provide support to and coordinate the intern programme and provide guidance to junior, General Service and other short-term consultancy staff as required.
  • Perform other work-related duties as required.

 

Submitted on Friday 11th October 2019 - 11:59

Representative, UNODC New York Liaison Office

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

This position is located in the New York Liaison Office (NYLO) of the Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in New York.

The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Director, DPA, and overall guidance of the Executive Director, UNODC.

Submitted on Friday 11th October 2019 - 11:57

Campaigns Officer

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

Collective Voice are looking to appoint a talented and committed Campaigns officer. This role will play a key part in the delivery of our strategy at an exciting time in the organisation’s development.

Collective Voice is the national alliance of drug and alcohol treatment charities. They believe that anyone in England with a substance use problem should be able to access effective, evidence-based and person-centred support.

Key responsibilities:

1. Advocating for change

  • Developing relationships with relevant stakeholders in national government, policy and advocacy charities and beyond
  • Researching and drafting policy papers and submissions to government
  • Leading on social media by developing and implementing a new strategy

2. Contributing to campaigns, alliances, projects and events within our sector and with wider partners

  • Organising and supporting one-off and regular quarterly meetings with CV partners
  • Coordinating member organisations to canvas opinion, gather good practice and organise policy positions
  • Conducting regular calls and informal meetings to gather intelligence and evidence from the field on important new trends and challenges

3. Developing Collective Voice

  • Supporting the Director’s activity by preparing and proof-reading papers and presentations and deputising at meetings
  • Organising board meetings
  • Providing general administrative support
  • Being a proud ambassador for the organisation and the wider sector at all times

4. Developing self

  • Proactively seeking and pursuing formal and informal learning opportunities
  • Actively participating in line-management and appraisal processes with Director
Submitted on Friday 11th October 2019 - 11:43

Speciality Doctor - Substance Misuse

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

Turning Point are now seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, dynamic and passionate Independent doctor to join our multi-disciplinary team offering comprehensive specialist clinical prescribing services and a wide range of psychosocial interventions across hub and satellite locations. The role will be supporting the Regional Clinical Lead and Operations Manager to develop and embed robust practice and high quality performance across the East of the County.

Submitted on Tuesday 8th October 2019 - 13:09

PhD Studentship: University of Bath

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

PhD question:

  • Can we isolate the relationships between cannabis, tobacco and psychiatric disease through triangulation of data from countries that smoke cannabis with, and without tobacco?

Training highlights:

  • You will become an expert on the scientific impact of smoking cannabis and tobacco on psychiatric diseases.
  • You will learn to use exciting, novel and cutting-edge statistical and causal inference methods.
  • You will learn how to analyse genetic data and apply Mendelian randomization and polygenic risk score analysis.
  • This research will have an international impact.
  • You will have an opportunity to present at international conferences.
Submitted on Friday 4th October 2019 - 12:11

Research Associate in Psychology: MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit

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

A position is available within the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol. The postholder would be based within the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group at the University of Bristol, part of the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit, and the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies.

The post-holder will run laboratory studies examining mechanisms identified as potentially underlying causal pathways, and develop interventions for piloting in field trials, with a focus on tobacco and alcohol use. This work will link ongoing epidemiological work within the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit and serve as the basis for the development and testing of novel interventions.

The successful applicant will have a PhD (or equivalent research experience) in psychology, behavioural science, or a closely-related quantitative discipline, and a track record of research, including experience of human laboratory studies. They will be interested in pathways between health behaviours and health outcomes, and will be encouraged to develop an independent research portfolio.

Submitted on Thursday 26th September 2019 - 12:05

Chair in Addictions Treatment and Recovery- KCL

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

The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) is Europe’s largest centre for research and postgraduate education in psychiatry, psychology and basic and clinical neuroscience.

This role offers an exciting opportunity to play an important role in developing stronger research into treatment and recovery, with attention to robust scientific process to shape academic strategy and also inform evolution of improved policy and practice. The appointee will have an outstanding track-record of relevant research and will build on national and international endeavours in this field.

The successful candidate will identify and design key studies and trials to be undertaken to guide the future development of the field and will strengthen essential collaborative networks and secure necessary support. She/he will act as a mentor to academic colleagues, as well as work closely with scientists, clinicians and policymakers. Promoting active engagement and collaborations across King’s faculties, NHS partners and representing the IoPPN externally will also be essential.

Submitted on Thursday 26th September 2019 - 11:55

Kinship Care Co-ordinator

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

Adfam are looking to recruit a Kinship Care Coordinator to deliver our Children in Need project working with kinship families in Peterborough. 

The successful applicant will have experience in working with children and families, and will build on this already successful project to provide activities and support to children in kinship care and their families.

Submitted on Thursday 19th September 2019 - 12:52

Re­searcher/​Research As­sist­ant

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

The project:

Brainstem neurons behind mood, memory and motivation. Brainstem nuclei are critically important for regulation of mood, motivation and voluntary movements. Abnormal function of these neurons is involved in neuropsychiatric disorders, including depression, addiction, schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease.

Funding: The project in funded by the Academy of Finland. The salary is dependent on the qualifications and is based on the University of Helsinki salary scale. 

Timing: Project work for 6 months, with possible extension. Starting date in November 2019. 

Submitted on Wednesday 18th September 2019 - 13:29

Postdoctoral Researcher- The University of Edinburgh

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

The University of Edinburgh is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Researcher in the field of ‘Health and the Environment’ with a particular focus on ‘Tobacco and Alcohol Environments’. 

This post will contribute to a ESRC funded project ‘Change in alcohol and tobacco availability, population health and the lived experience’ which will measure change in the availability of alcohol and tobacco in Scottish neighbourhoods over time and explore how this change relates to health outcomes and how residents experience the availability of alcohol and tobacco in their neighbourhoods.

Submitted on Wednesday 18th September 2019 - 13:25

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

Consultant Psychiatrist

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

Change Grow Live are looking to recruit a Consultant Psychiatrist for their substance misuse treatment services in the county of Cambridgeshire.  

The post-holders will contribute to the service to ensure that service users consistently receive high quality services that adhere to the best practice guidelines and achieve high professional standards. They will be responsible for contributing to the overall performance of the service to ensure that contractual output targets are achieved. They will be required to record and input client data and information in order that the service operates within contractual, administrative and financial requirements.

Submitted on Monday 9th September 2019 - 11:32

Internship: Project Assistant

  • Location: Belgium
  • Area of Work: Policy
  • Closing date:

The European Public Health Alliance is looking for dynamic, multi-skilled students (Bachelor or Master’s) with a keen interest in public health and EU policy and decision-making processes.

Submitted on Monday 19th August 2019 - 09:34