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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.

Associate Director/Director, Professional Development

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

This position will report to the Chief Learning Officer (CLO) to ensure successful strategic development, creation, implementation of a number of key ASAM educational offerings and resources.

The Associate Director/Director will work closely with course planning committees, faculty, other medical/medical education organizations, and other members of the ASAM staff team in support of ASAM’s strategic priorities.

The Associate Director/Director will be responsible for developing strategies for the successful continuation of competency-based educational activities with a focus on the ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine (including all Fundamentals curriculum activities such as live workshops, online workshops, ASAM ECHO series, and online modules), the ASAM Review Course in Addiction Medicine, the ASAM Motivational Interviewing Workshop and special grant funded projects such as the National Association for Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) trainings.

The Associate Director/Director will also work closely with the CLO and other members of the professional development team to conduct needs assessments and evaluations and incorporate feedback from participants in education activities. The Associate Director/Director will also continue to evolve learner engagement and outreach to new audiences. Candidate must quickly develop a broad understanding of the ASAM education programs and be able to set priorities in work assignments.

Submitted on Tuesday 19th May 2020 - 09:49

Director, AIR Center for Addiction Research and Effective Solutions

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

AIR is seeking to hire a senior leader, knowledgeable about substance use disorders, and an expert in evidence-based policies and practices that federal, state and local agencies can implement (across systems of health care, public health, criminal justice, and human services) to address substance use disorders.

This senior person will lead AIR’s Center for Addiction Research and Effective Solutions through research, policy, and technical assistance. They will work with AIR staff in building new work that fulfills AIR’s mission to conduct and apply the best behavioral and social science research to improve lives, especially for the disadvantaged.

This senior leader will develop and execute a strategy to grow a body of work, building on AIR’s existing foundation in the following areas: provider interventions including safe prescribing practices, evidence based treatment (to include medications for addiction treatment), recovery supports, and promotion of patient and family engagement in the treatment of substance use disorders; cross-sector strategy and engagement; communication campaigns; development, implementation and evaluation of  interventions across a number of settings.

Submitted on Tuesday 12th May 2020 - 05:01

Research Assistatnt

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

The University of Colorado Boulder seek a highly motivated individual to support all aspects of our research. Current projects in the lab focus on identifying the influences of cell-type-specific pathways from the brain's reward center, the ventral tegmental area (VTA), on reward and aversion processing in addiction and depression.

Submitted on Tuesday 12th May 2020 - 04:56

Research Officer: UNODC

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

This position is located in the UNODC Programme Office in Tunisia (POTUN) with duty station Tunis, operating under the Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) based in Cairo, Egypt.

The incumbent will work under the overall guidance of the UNODC Regional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa, based in Cairo, and the direct supervision of the Research Officer (Criminal Intelligence Analysis) in Tunis. Technical advice and support will be sought from the relevant units in UNODC headquarters in Vienna.

Submitted on Wednesday 6th May 2020 - 14:06

PhD Studentship: University of Dundee

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

Project Title: Leveraging Process Models of Self-Regulation to Understand Self-Quitting in Scotland

Description: Despite ambitious targets to quarter smoking rates by 2034, the prevalence of smoking in Scotland has plateaued. Scientific understanding and related policy recommendations are further complicated by findings that most individuals who quit smoking long-term do so unassisted. Little is currently known about these self-quitters, often because they achieve cessation outside of any formal program.

The project will apply a self-regulation framework to

  1. provide evidence-based insights into unassisted cessation, and,
  2. test if the psychological mechanisms underlying unassisted cessation predict and encourage cessation in new-quitters.

The project will take a mixed-method approach to investigate health behaviours in community members related to smoking cessation.

Submitted on Tuesday 21st April 2020 - 10:23

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