Professional Appointments

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is committed to supporting our Membership's professional development. On this page, you will find details of professional opportunities which may be of interest to you and your career.

Apply to be an RCSEd International Surgical Adviser

RCSEd is adding to its network of International Surgical Advisers (ISAs). This is an exciting opportunity to become a key part of a network of ISAs engaged in promoting RCSEd worldwide.

Applications are invited from SRI LANKA and EGYPT.

The deadline for applications is Monday 12 June 2023. Learn more >

Convener of Joint Specialty Fellowship (JSF) Examinations

Applications are now open for the role of Convener of the Joint Specialty Fellowship Examinations. 

The post of Lead for the Joint Specialty Fellowship Examinations (JSF) Examinations has existed within the College for five years and has evolved over time to meet the requirements of the College.

These examination activities are conducted through the Examinations Department, led by the interim Director of Examinations and Education with the Convener of College Examinations and the Vice President for Examinations and Education providing support. 

Applications are now closed, if you have any further enquiries please contact the Chief Executive’s Office (

Research and Grants Committee Members

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh are currently looking to recruit new Members for our Research Committee. Research Committee members are responsible for the College’s scoring and reviewing of grants, fellowships, awards and medals and bursary applications. This position offers the opportunity to support the next generation of Surgeons and Clinicians at key stages in their career and aims to raise the profile of research.

Current Members and Activity

The Research Committee is chaired by Angus Watson, a consultant general and colorectal surgeon in the NHS Highland. Members of the research committee include Phil Taylor, Dean of the Dental Faculty, Farhat Din, Colorectal Surgeon and BCUK Chair and Paul Shiels, Cardiologist.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh offer a number of different fellowships, travelling fellowships, grants, awards, student bursaries and scholarships. The funding we offer cover different specialities of surgery and dentistry. This includes general surgery, cancer, orthopaedics, paediatric, vascular, cardiothoracic, maxillofacial, rural surgery, ophthalmology, plastic surgery, and dentistry.

In addition, the Research Committee is involved in research projects with BCUK, MRC, ORUK, ASME and SCONe.

Applications are now closed.

Surgical Specialty Boards Vacancies

The Surgical Specialty Boards (SSBs) are constituted within the internal governance structure of the College and exist primarily to support, advise and assist the College and its Council across the breadth of core College activities as they relate to specialty matters and developments. In addition, the SSBs play a critical role in facilitating reciprocal engagement and communication between the College and the surgical specialties across the UK.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) is pleased to present several exciting opportunities for suitable individuals to join some of its Surgical Specialty Boards (SSBs).

Any informal enquiries should be directed to: in the first instance.

Applications are now closed.

Younger Fellows Committee Member applications

The RCSEd Younger Fellows’ (YF) Committee would like to invite applicants to apply for the role of RCSEd YF Committee Member.

A YF is defined as any surgeon who has obtained Fellowship within the last 10 years. The aim of the group is to facilitate younger surgeons of all disciplines to get involved in College life and feedback their opinions on professional issues to Council through the Younger Fellows’ Committee, as well as provide an outlet to discuss frustrations or share success stories with new friends and like-minded colleagues. There are five Committee Member roles available.

Applications are now closed.

Surgical Lead for the eLogbook

Following the retirement of the current Surgical lead for the eLogbook, RCSEd wishes to appoint a replacement for this important post, whose primary role will be to support the College in its running and strategic development of the eLogbook on behalf of the surgical Colleges of the UK

Applications are now closed.

 Honorary Secretary 

The post of Honorary Secretary becomes vacant when Dr Clare McNaught comes to the end of her term of appointment in November 2022. Applications for the post of Honorary Secretary are invited. Prospective applicants should be Fellows of the College in good standing.  The appointee will become an ex officio member of the College Council, if they are not already a sitting Council member. It is anticipated that the time commitment will average around one day per week, with the postholder attending key Committees and meetings in the College and also working remotely from their existing base.

Applications are now closed.

Honorary Treasurer Vacancy

The post of Honorary Treasurer will become vacant when Mr Alastair Gibson comes to the end of his term of appointment in November 2022. Applications for the post of Honorary Treasurer are therefore invited. 

Applications are now closed.

Professor of Anatomy

Following the retirement of the current Professor of Anatomy, RCSEd wishes to appoint a replacement for this important post, whose primary role will be to support the College in its delivery and development of anatomy teaching.

Applications are now closed.

SASLC Committee Vacancy

RCSEd is pleased to present opportunities for suitable individuals to join its SASLC Committee in November 2021.

The committee represents Specialty Doctors and Dentists, Associate Specialists and Locums, and those working in other similar grades. Surgeons in these grades are diverse in background, experience, and seniority, which means that there are a wide range of issues covered by this committee. It is a great opportunity to contribute to the College and the development of the SAS role in Surgery.

Applications are now closed.

Regional Surgical Adviser Vacancies

As the Regional Surgical Adviser (RSA) Network goes from strength to strength we are inviting applications from UK based Fellows to join the Network. We are recruiting in all regions across the UK for succession planning but in particular Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, London, Kent, Surrey & Sussex, East Midlands and Yorkshire. We also welcome interest from Fellows in the specialties of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Paediatric Surgery and Urology.

For more information, email Una Curran in the Marketing and Communications Team at

To view the list of current RSAs read more.

Director of the Regional Surgical Ambassadorial Network

The position of Director of the Regional Surgical Ambassadorial Network will become vacant as of 1 January 2023.  The position is currently held by Mike Silva.  Mike has served in this capacity for three years and has now been elected member of College Council. Mike will continue his association as Council member responsible for the RSA network. The Surgical Director provides strategic direction and leadership to the RSA network.  The individual will need to be an excellent communicator and team player.  Applicants must be or have been a Regional Surgical Ambassador.

The governance structure for the RSA Network was brought into place in late 2013 and consists of the following:

•             Council Member with responsibility for Regional Advisers

•             Surgical Director of the RSA Network (currently held by Mike Silva)

•             Deputy Surgical Director of the RSA Network (currently held by Barney Green)

Applications are now closed.

International Surgical Adviser Vacancies

The International Surgical Advisers are RCSEd Fellows dedicated to training and development, and are committed to promoting and sharing RCSEd initiatives in their local areas. International Surgical Advisers form a vital link between the College and our current and prospective international membership. 

Applications are now closed.

Dental Ambassador Network

Following a recent review of our networks, we will be changing the composition and duties of our regional representatives, encompassing support for the whole dental team. We are now recruiting for a network of Dental Ambassadors.

Examiner Vacancies

Please visit our Examinations Vacancies page to see our current list of Examiner Vacancies

Edinburgh Surgery Online Tutor Recruitment

The Edinburgh Surgical Sciences Qualification, run by RCSEd and the University of Edinburgh is currently recruiting for tutors to mentor and support training surgeons in 40 different countries and at the same time enable the tutor to maintain their knowledge base.

Read more.

Lay Member to the Lay Advisors Committee

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is currently recruiting a new lay member to the Lay Advisors Committee.

Read more.

RCSEd Vacancies

Please visit our Work for RCSEd page for information on current job opportunities with the College.


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