Complex models of alcohol behaviours

The US National Institutes of Health have recently funded a project to develop complex systems-based models of alcohol use behaviours in the US and UK populations.

The project is currently recruiting two Research Associates: one based at Sheffield; the other at the Public Health Institute in California. The Sheffield vacancy is currently live (deadline 9 September) and the California one should be out soon. There will be other RA positions opening in Sheffield and Toronto a couple of years down the line.

Robin Purshouse ( is leading the Sheffield team, and is happy to chat informally with anyone interested.  The project  will involve agent-based modelling, Bayesian model calibration, grammar development and genetic programming, all based on underlying theories of alcohol use (e.g. maturing out, social contagion, inter-generational normative cycles).