Hugh Green Foundation Chair in Addiction Research
Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences (FMHS), University of Auckland

  • Provide leadership in Addiction Research at the top-ranked Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences in New Zealand
  • Impact the way we respond to addictive behaviours through translational research with communities and services; and policy influence
  • Live and work in New Zealand’s largest, most cosmopolitan and culturally diverse city

The University of Auckland is seeking to appoint an internationally renowned and connected scholar with a commitment to having a positive impact in the New Zealand community, to the endowed Hugh Green Foundation Chair in Addiction Research. The successful individual will have a proven academic record in addiction research and will assume a leading role in New Zealand and internationally through high profile research into the causes, management and/or treatment of alcohol and drug dependence and other addictive behaviours.

The Chair will work closely with the FMHS Centre for Addiction Research (CFAR). The centre was established in 2012 to bring together researchers committed to the field of addiction research and to disseminating research findings within and beyond the academic community to inform policy, practice and debate in the prevention and treatment of addiction. Working closely with treatment providers, the broad, multi-disciplinary approach of CFAR (from molecular through to societal research) brings a unique and practical perspective.

The Chair will demonstrate personal credibility and the skills to provide leadership and continue to build their research profile, nationally and internationally, and to extend the reach and influence of University of Auckland research in this area to Government and policy-makers. The opportunity is open to those from relevant disciplinary backgrounds. Those with interests in the following areas will discover considerable collaborative opportunities here:

  • service improvement
  • workforce development
  • brief interventions
  • pharmacological interventions
  • co-existing mental health and addiction issues
  • impact of addiction on families and communities
  • behavioural and public health intervention for gambling

Additionally, research interests relating to harm reduction, recovery, breaking poverty cycles, criminal justice, policy, and population health will also be of particular interest.
The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s pre-eminent research-led University. Established in 1883, it is an international centre of learning and academic excellence. Based in New Zealand’s largest city Auckland, the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences is located on the Grafton Campus adjacent to Auckland City Hospital. Ranked in the top 100 world universities in the medical disciplines, the Faculty provides professional undergraduate degrees across a range of disciplines as well as a strong and diverse range of post-graduate programmes.

Hugh Green Foundation was established in 1998 with a commitment to maximising positive life outcomes for New Zealanders in need. The Foundation is a long-term supporter of the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.
For further information please contact:

Clare Litten, University of Auckland, DDI: +64 9 923 9096, email:
Dr Kathrin Soehnel, University of Auckland, email:

Applications should be submitted via the University website

Closing date: 9 October 2017 (N.B. revised date)
Position Reference: 19203

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