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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 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 (, 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

Research Assistant- King's College London

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

An exciting opportunity has arisen to be part of the Public health and multimorbidity theme within NIHR South London ARC. The research is exploring ways of reducing harm from tobacco in people who use local health services. The postholder will work within the Nicotine Research Group, Addictions Department on the Denmark Hill Campus. They will provide research assistance for the evaluation of tobacco dependence treatment delivered in hospital and community settings. The evaluation involves a clinical audit of electronic health records and a series of qualitative studies to explore the experience of tobacco dependence treatment from the patient and clinician perspective.

The postholder will be responsible for recruiting patients with long term health conditions and clinicians working across King’s Health Partners, conducting interviews (remotely whilst social distancing measures are in place), extracting data from electronic health care records, assisting with the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, writing for publication and dissemination.

Submitted on Thursday 10th September 2020 - 14:39

Research Fellow- Glasgow Caledonian University

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

Glasgow Caledonian University are looking for an experienced qualitative postdoctoral researcher to join GCU’s Substance Use and Misuse research group.

You will work on a project exploring change in the availability of alcohol and tobacco in Scottish neighbourhoods over time. The postholder will explore how residents experience the availability of alcohol and tobacco in their neighbourhoods and examine stakeholder views on policy interventions that could reduce alcohol and tobacco outlet density.

You can find out more about the project here.

Submitted on Monday 7th September 2020 - 12:07

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

Postdoc in Translational Science of Alcohol and HIV: University of Florida

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

The multidisciplinary T32 NIAAA training program focuses on alcohol and HIV infection.

The state of Florida currently ranks second in new HIV infections per year, and second in total HIV/AIDS cases in the US. Alcohol consumption contributes to poor HIV outcomes and to ongoing HIV transmission, and the relationships between alcohol consumption and HIV can vary by age, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.

The T32 program ensures appropriate depth in knowledge regarding alcohol, HIV, and three additional focus areas that represent areas of strength in ongoing research at UF:

  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Cognitive Science
  • Data Science
  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiome
  • Mhealth

Specific aims of our training program are to:

  • Deliver an academic curriculum
  • Provide mentoring
  • Ensure skills in communication of science
  • Maximize professionalism and ethical conduct of research

The training program supports four pre-doctoral and two post-doctoral trainees at any time. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis based on availability of positions. Pre-doctoral trainees will be based in the following academic programs: Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Clinical and Health Psychology, Nursing Science, Health Education and Behavior, and the Interdisciplinary Program in Medicine. 

Submitted on Wednesday 2nd September 2020 - 09:10

Representative (West and Central Africa)- UNODC

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

This position is located at the Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Dakar, Senegal.


The Representative will head the Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN). Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the effective implementation of UNODC programmes and activities in the West and Central Africa region and countries therein, in supporting Member States to deal effectively with issues related to drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism, i.e. UNODC’s core mandate areas. The incumbent will be responsible and accountable for the efficient management of all human and financial resources allocated to the programmes and the office, as well as for ensuring outputs of a high-quality standard.

The incumbent is also a member of the relevant United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs) in the region, under the strategic guidance and coordination of the United Nations Resident Coordinators (UNRCs), and member of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG) Regional Team wherever applicable, and as such will work closely with them. 

Submitted on Tuesday 1st September 2020 - 11:54

Research Fellow

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

The School of Social and Political Science is looking to appoint to the post of Research Fellow for the GCRF-funded Tobacco Control Capacity Project (TCCP), a consortium undertaking policy relevant health research in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Gambia, India, Pakistan, South Africa and Uganda.

Based in the Global Health Policy Unit, Social Policy, the post holder will contribute to capacity building through a programme of high quality research on tobacco control, governance and the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), including via work on improving health governance by preventing tobacco industry interference in policy-making. The post holder will develop outputs for publication and dissemination and engage with consortium co-investigators, partners and collaborators.

The post is available from October 2020, full time (35 hours per week) and is fixed term for 14 months until 30th November, 2021.

Submitted on Wednesday 26th August 2020 - 15:21

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: 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

La Trobe University- Project-based Scholarship Opportunities 

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

Project Title: Understanding Heavy Alcohol Consumption Culture Among Nurses and Lawyers

Project Title: Investigating the Role of Cost in Alcohol Purchases

Project Title: Alcohol' Harm to Others (1 and 2)

Project Title: Drugs, Sex/ Gender and Human Rights

Project Title: Infectious Disease, Gender and Stigma

Submitted on Thursday 20th August 2020 - 09:33

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.


  • 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

Psychiatrist- Psychiatry Clinic & De-addiction Centre

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

Role Psychiatrist

Industry Type: Medical

Employment Type: Full Time, Permanent

Role Category: Medical Professional

Location : x / Patiala (Punjab)

Submitted on Friday 7th August 2020 - 08:34

Postdoctoral Fellow: The University of Tennessee

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

The Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN is seeking a postdoctoral Fellow. This position provides strong mentorship and an excellent opportunity to further research skills for a career in academia, government, or industry.

The Department of Preventive Medicine is a large, interdisciplinary department that conducts large single-site and multi-site clinical trials as well as observational studies. The faculty represent a wide range of disciplines including preventive medicine, epidemiology, biostatistics, informatics, psychology, and health promotion.

We are seeking a fellow with interests in child, adolescent, and young adult development; substance misuse and co-occurring internalizing and externalizing problems; evidence-based prevention programs and policies; advanced longitudinal and evaluation research methods; and community engagement.

The fellow will primarily work with W. Alex Mason, PhD. The candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with other faculty inside and outside the Department of Preventive Medicine. The position will be for one year, renewable up to three years depending on productivity.

Candidates are expected to have an understanding of research study design, and a willingness to broaden their skill set in clinical research.

Submitted on Thursday 6th August 2020 - 11:03

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- Edinburgh Napier University

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


Project Title

Public health prevention within urban spaces: a citizen science enquiry.

About the Project

Advantages of living in cities, with relatively high population density, include: opportunities for social interaction, education, employment, access to health diagnostics and treatment, active travel and integrated modes of transport. However, negative aspects of population density can include: traffic congestion, noise, light and air pollution, industrial emissions, greater access to outlets that supply alcohol, tobacco and convenience foods, neighbourhood segregation and low public trust. 

If you are interested in investigating the burden of non-communicable diseases within urban areas in order to determine how to increase conditions that promote health, you may be interested in this interdisciplinary opportunity. 

Applications accepted all year round

Submitted on Friday 3rd July 2020 - 08:33

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

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