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.

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).

The following SSBs are recruiting for a new Chair (Find full details here):-

  • SSB in Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • SSB in Plastic Surgery
  • SSB in General Surgery

Details on how to apply for these vacancies can be found in the relevant adverts.  Please clearly specify which SSB you are applying for. 

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

Closing date for applications: 09:00 on Monday 17 October 2022

 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.

The closing date for applications is 4.00pm on 9 September 2022. All applications and subsequent correspondence should be via email to

Find out more here >


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.

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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