Research Associate Position in Public Health/Applied Policy Research at University of Bath (Fixed Term for 12 months)

The University of Bath is seeking to appoint a Research Associate in Public Health/Applied Policy Research based at the University of Bath’s Tobacco Control Research Group within the Department for Health, which is part of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS).

The successful applicant will be working on an exciting project, funded by Cancer Research UK, on researching the activities of the tobacco industry, predominantly in the UK but also internationally, as and where necessary. The post-holder will work as part of a small research team and will be expected to contribute to and publish their research in high-impact journals in collaboration with other members of the Tobacco Control Research Group and present their work at conferences and events where relevant. In addition the Research Associate will also write regularly for the University’s widely acclaimed knowledge exchange platform,, helping the research leader ensure the website’s quality, relevance and timeliness. The post holder will have the opportunity to collaborate more broadly with those in the tobacco control field and will help disseminate research information to our stakeholders.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in a relevant subject (e.g. public health, international relations, political and social sciences, business studies, law, and business), or an equivalent professional qualification and significant relevant experience where applicable. The candidate will ideally have a track record in undertaking mixed methods research and must be highly motivated and committed. Experience in effective knowledge exchange and writing for diverse audiences to secure research impact would be advantageous. Ideally you will have experience of undertaking policy related research in tobacco control or a very similar area.

This post is offered as a full-time fixed-term contract for up to 12 months. It may be possible to work part-time (4 days per week).

In addition to the standard application procedure you are also requested to submit a copy of your CV and 2 examples of your written work (ideally, one peer-reviewed publication paper and one non-academic piece intended for a general audience). Please contact Dr Karen Evans-Reeves, for further details.


Salary:  Starting from £32,004, rising to £38,183 pro rata for part time hours as applicable
Placed On:  Wednesday 21 September 2016
Closing Date:  Thursday 20 October 2016
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  DC4311

For more information and to apply click here.


Research Worker Position | West Midlands | King’s College London

We are looking to appoint a self-motivated Research Worker in the West Midlands for the NIHR funded ADAM trial (Alcohol Dependence and Adherence to Medications), led by Professor Colin Drummond. ADAM is a 3-arm, multi-centre, randomised controlled clinical trial of the efficacy of medication management and contingency management interventions to support adherence to acamprosate for alcohol relapse prevention. Further details of the ADAM trial can be found here.

The successful applicant will join a team of Research Workers based across the sites where recruitment is taking place. The post holder will work alongside the Trial Manager and the Post-doctoral Research Worker on all aspects of the ADAM trial, primarily including participant recruitment across the West Midlands, data collection, data analyses, dissemination, assisting with literature reviewing and preparation of ethics and governance documents.

The successful applicant will hold good degree in a relevant health and/or psychology based subject. They will be enthusiastic with excellent organisational and interpersonal skills.

Previous experience working with those with problem drug or alcohol use would be desirable.

The selection process will include a panel interview.

For an informal discussion to find out more about the role please contact Dr Sadie Boniface on 020 7848 5097 or by email

To apply for this role, please go to the King’s College London HireWire Job Board and register to download and submit the specified application form.

The deadline for applications is midnight on 31 July 2016.

PhD Studentship (Fee-waiver) Available at London South Bank University


Exploration of the implicit and explicit processes involved in identity change in recovery from alcohol addiction.

phdApplications are invited for a full-time three-year PhD studentship at London South Bank University, to begin as soon as possible.

We are looking for applications from PhD candidates with a strong interest in addiction or health psychology to conduct an exciting programme of research on identity change in recovery from alcohol addiction, supervised by Dr Eleni Vangeli, Dr Daniel Frings and Prof Ian Albery.

The successful PhD candidate will comprehensively examine identity transition processes over time via novel combination of in-depth qualitative methods, implicit and explicit identity measures, as well as implicit association tests.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Eleni Vangeli:

Tel +44 (0)20 7815 5806 or

For more information and to apply to this post click here.

The deadline for applications is 20th March.

Smoking Cessation Advisers wanted at the University of Nottingham – Applications accepted until: 14th March 2016

Smoking Cessation Adviser – 5 posts available

job2The successful applicants will join the UKCTAS group in Nottingham with the primary objective of the delivery of smoking cessation advice to patients of Nottingham City Hospital both in hospital and in patient’s homes. This study is a continuation of phase 1 detailed above and aims to test the feasibility and acceptability of an intervention in a clinical trial with approximately 400 smokers recruited in hospital.

Candidates must have undertaken and can demonstrate completion of NCSCT Stop Smoking Practitioner Training and associated experience, OR have broad vocational experience in a relevant health or counselling field, and understanding of theories and models related to behavioural change, and the ability to provide individually tailored support according to the needs of a particular smoker, and their household circumstances.

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract until 28th February 2017. Applications are also welcome from candidates wish to work part-time 18 hrs per week, working either Mon/Tue/Wed morning or Wednesday afternoon/Thursday and Friday.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Rebecca Thorley, Tel 0115 823 1361 or note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

For more information and to apply click here. The deadline for applications is 14th March.


To see this and more opportunities on the UKCTAS website click here!

Research Position available at the University of Nottingham – Closes: 13th March 2016

Research Assistant – 2 posts available

job1.pngThe successful applicants will join the UKCTAS group in Nottingham to test the feasibility and acceptability of an intervention in a clinical trial with approximately 400 smokers recruited in hospital. The successful candidate will carry out qualitative data collection and analysis for the project, using data amassed through interviews with patients on their experiences and views of the intervention.

The main duties will include recruitment of participants (which will involve visiting all acute medical wards in the hospital 2 to 3 times per day), data collection, data analysis, and preparation of manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication – all supported by members of the team. The post holder will be based in the Division of Epidemiology and Public Health on City Hospital campus. Ability to travel and access to own transport.

This full-time post is available from 25th April 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter, and will be offered on a fixed-term contract until 28th Feb 2017.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Rebecca Thorley, Tel 0115 823 1361 or note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

For more information and to apply click here. The deadline for applications is 13th March.


To see this and more opportunities on the UKCTAS website click here!

PhD studentships @sheffielduni @ScHARRSheffield in Public Health, Economics and Decision Science

The University of Sheffield and ScHARR are pleased to announce a brand new Wellcome Trust PhD Doctoral Training Centre in Public Health, Health Economics and Decision Science.

“We seek to train the next generation of researchers in conducting high-quality research into the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of complex multi-component public health interventions and policies to reduce chronic disease.”

Funding is available for 15 top-calibre PhD students to work on some of the most pressing public health challenges!

Each of the four-year doctoral studentships provides:
• A stipend of £19,919 pa increasing to £23,997 pa over the 4 years
• Tuition fees for 4 years, worth £5,052 pa for Home/EU students or £18,750 pa for international students
• A generous training and travel fund of around £44,000 per student for cohort events, internships, courses, data collection, conferences and research travel.

This PhD programme is unique in its focus on interdisciplinary public health, health economics, mathematical modelling and statistics. To equip candidates in the relevant skills, the first year combines multi-disciplinary methods training tailored to the candidates’ background, cohort-based learning activities and exposure to public health decision making practice. This is then followed by PhD research on a topic that is mutually agreed between student, our pool of expert supervisors and the programme directors.

Applications open on the 2nd November and close on the 4th of January.

Find out more on the Sheffield website here!

New #PhD Studentship #opportunity available at @QMUL starting Jan 2016

The historical, sociological, and ethical dimensions surrounding the harms to the health and well-being of self and others from tobacco and alcohol consumption.

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The Department of Law is now open to accepting new applications for a Studentship award, in conjunction with the ESRC and the MRC, to fund research into the area of public health policy.

For more detailed information about the award and its eligibility criteria, please see the web-page below: Topic:

Under the supervision of Professor Richard Ashcroft, and another experienced academic, the successful candidate will work within the overall research topic area mentioned below, and thus applicants are requested to submit a short research proposal (1000 words maximum) outlining their proposed research question:

The tobacco and alcohol industries have worked hard to play down the health effects of their products, and have achieved broad success in shifting the burden of moral proof onto the public health community. The UK and other governments have come under intense lobbying pressure, and criticism from the media, when developing public health policies.

Merely informing consumers, in the context of light regulation of the markets for tobacco and alcohol, can have an important impact but more could be achieved to reduce harm and promote well-being. Even “mere information” approaches have critics, who claim that health education is bullying moralism, and advertising restrictions are human rights violations.

Thus, while nudges, cultural change, social marketing, consumer information, and so on are standard practices of the industries, public health institutions and actors are required to justify their own attempts to use these strategies, and to defend themselves from attacks on their moralism, illiberalism, nannying and/or paternalism. In particular we need both to understand the “libertarian” debates, and to move on from assuming that they should be central to policy development in this area.

About the Award & Eligibility Criteria:

• The award is for full time postgraduate PhD research students, who are from the UK/EU only, and who will reside in or around the London area for the duration of their doctoral studies;
• The award will cover tuition fees for three years and, in addition, the recipient will receive an annual maintenance grant, set at Research Council UK rates – this year, they stand at £15,863.00 per year.
• The recipient must have an academic background in at least one of the fields of Law, Philosophy or a relevant social science or humanities discipline. Ideally an applicant must hold a Masters level degree, gaining a Pass with Distinction overall. However, applicants either with relevant undergraduate degrees who have gained a First, or with a post-graduate degree where they achieved a Merit overall but a Distinction in their dissertation, may also be considered.
• The award is for new applicants looking to enroll in January 2016. Therefore, existing PhD students are not eligible to apply for the award.

Deadline for applications:

The deadline for Studentship applications to the School of Law is Friday 13th November 2015
You must have completed the main PhD application process, including the submission of all required supporting documentation, by the deadline date in order to be considered.

Further Information:

Any informal inquiries about the research proposal for the Studentship can be directed to Prof. Richard Ashcroft, at
If you have any queries relating to the funding application process, e-mail Mr Gareth Skehan, School of Law PhD Admissions Administrator on
For information on how to make an application to the School of Law PhD programme, about the entry requirements and what supporting documentation is required, please see our web-page:

Research Assistant Position @UniofNottingham looking at #Ecigarette use in East Midlands

Join the UKCTAS in an exciting new project looking at e-cigarette use in the East Midlands, UK.

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This new post will carry out quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis as part of a Cancer Research UK-funded project about electronic cigarette shops and their users in the East Midlands.

The role holder will be required to travel to e-cigarette shops throughout the East Midlands to collect survey data and conduct qualitative interviews, and analyse the collected data using appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods.

The successful candidate will have an undergraduate degree in a broadly relevant area or vocational experience in a relevant field, and demonstrate the ability to carry out data collection in a novel and potentially challenging setting, as well as the necessary numerical and qualitative research skills relevant to successfully undertake the above work.

main resThe role holder will be supervised by Dr Tessa Langley and Dr Manpreet Bains at the University of Nottingham.

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract of 12 months.

Click here to apply for this position.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Tessa Langley, Tel 0115 8231250 or Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

via UKCTAS – Jobs and Studentships.

18 month research associate post on tobacco control policy at SPHSU @GlasgowUni

Closing date: 30th September 2015

The MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit of the University of Glasgow, UK, is recruiting a grade 7 research associate for an 18 month project. Under the supervision of Dr Heide Weishaar and Dr Shona Hilton, the post holder will investigate the development of current Scottish policies to regulate electronic cigarettes, with a particular focus on commercial sector engagement. We are looking for a highly motivated, independent researcher with organisational and communication skills to conduct and manage a complex project and publish research on the topic.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD or equivalent in social or political science, public health, or other relevant subject and have a sound understanding of qualitative research methods.
Skills in documentary analysis and social network research are an asset.

For more information and to apply click here.

UKCTAS – Jobs and Studentships.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant Position at University of Bristol #JobOpportunity

Applications are invited for a position of Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol.

This is a full-time position with a duration of 36 months. The post is one of two associated with a three-year research project entitled “Improving literacy outcomes in struggling readers: A randomised control study of a morphological intervention”, which is supported by a grant from the Nuffield Foundation to Prof Colin Davis and Prof Jeffrey Bowers. Continue reading