Drug Science is recruiting Honorary Research Assistants

We are now recruiting Honorary Research Assistants to join our team. We are in an exciting stage of growth as an organisation and have several opportunities to contribute to existing and developing research projects. This includes (but is not limited to) helping with literature reviews, data collection, data analysis and publications.

Please note, as this post is ‘honorary’, it is unpaid. Experience and training are provided in return for your time. Reasonable expenses will be paid dependent on management approval.

We are looking for individuals who can commit to an average of 1 day per week, for a minimum of 6 months.

These positions would suit PhD students (or similar) aiming to become involved in this exciting field.  In joining our team, you will work alongside our incredible Scientific Committees, made up of world-renowned experts in drug research and policy.  You will join a dedicated community of highly accomplished academics, clinicians, practitioners, and individuals with lived experience working together towards our vision – to see a world where drug policy is rational and evidence based; where drug use is better informed and drug users are understood; where drugs are used to heal not harm.

Upcoming projects will likely include psychedelics and addiction, narratives on the therapeutic uses of psychedelics, and a health economics analyses of medicinal cannabis.  An understanding/strong interest in these subject areas would be of significant advantage.

Drug Science and our Committee members are currently leading revolutionary developments in medicinal cannabis and psychedelic therapy in the UK, as well as representing some of the most internationally respected voices in these and related fields. If you are as excited about this as we are, we want to meet you.


  • Perform literature searches and produce reviews of the literature to support the delivery of research projects
  • Analyse qualitative and/or quantitative data
  • Contribute to report writing and publications
  • Provide general support for research activities as required


  • Postgraduate degree
  • A background in science, including psychology or in drug policy and law
  • Experience with qualitative and/or quantitative data collection
  • Experience with qualitative and/or quantitative data analysis
  • Understanding of and alignment with Drug Science’s aims and mission
  • Ability to work as a team


  • Knowledge of one of the following areas: medicinal use of cannabis, medicinal use of psychedelics, addiction, drug policy, health economic analysis
  • A strong passion for the subject
  • A broad understanding of the drugs listed in our drug info pages


  • This is an unpaid honorary position, although reasonable expenses will be covered
  • Minimum commitment of 1 day/week for 6 months placement required
  • Working hours are highly flexible
  • Occasional attendance at meetings required, mostly online

Please email james.bunn@drugscience.org.uk with a covering letter and CV no later than the closing date of 31st August 2020.

For more information relating to the responsibilities, specification and details of the role, please see the full description here.