Current vacancies

Current vacancies

Recruitment open for Harveian librarian

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) invites its fellows to apply for the post of Harveian librarian.

As Professor Simon Bowman nears the end of his successful term, suitable RCP fellows are invited to apply for this post which will commence on 1 September 2020.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 31 July and shortlisted candidates are expected to be available for interview on 11 August between 8am and 12 noon. Please note that interviews will be conducted virtually with details provided too shortlisted candidates.

Working with the library, archive and museum team, the Harveian librarian has a key role in supporting the research and information needs of RCP members and staff while using the collections and activities to inspire others to become physicians. The person appointed will be the 18th in a role that was founded in 1654.

The department promotes and educates on the history of medicine and the RCP’s role in that. It is also keen to develop further its role in supporting research and learning. Activities include award-winning exhibitions and a busy public events programme.

Modern print and electronic resources as well as rare and historical books form the library collection of more than 55,000 items. The services offered by the library team include document delivery, loans and literature searching. Staff also provide a central enquiry point for the organisation, answering enquiries on every aspect of the RCP’s work.

The archive contains institutional records, manuscripts and personal and professional papers. It manages a biographical series of all deceased RCP fellows with Inspiring physicians (previously the Lives of the Fellows … (Munk’s roll). The archive is also developing an oral history programme Voices in medicine.  It provides information governance support to the organisation and was awarded accredited status by the National Archive in 2019.

The museum also holds Arts Council accreditation. Its collections include paintings, prints and drawings, sculpture, silver and decorative art, as wells as medical artefacts and instruments including the Symons and Hoffbrand collections.

The role description for this post can be found via the link on this page.

Anyone interested in applying is welcome to discuss the post with Professor Bowman. Please email: to arrange an appointment.

To apply, you should submit a short CV and covering letter addressed to the treasurer, Professor Chuka Nwokolo, sent care of the head of library, archive and museum services, Julie Beckwith ( by 31 July 2020. The covering letter should clearly set out how you fulfil the requirements of this post as outlined in the role description.

Virtual interviews will take place on 11 August.

The successful candidate will take up office on 1 September.


Application period:                         29 June – 31 July
Successful candidates notified:     4 August
Interviews:                                     11 August (9am – 1pm)
Start date:                                      1 September 2020

Interview panel includes:

  • Professor Chuka Nwokolo, treasurer
  • Professor Simon Bowman, Harveian librarian (to 31 July) and deputy treasurer
  • Dr Iain Lawrie, elected council member, Board of Trustees
  • Dr Ian Bullock, chief executive

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) believes that equality of opportunity is fundamental in whatever way individuals become involved with the RCP, whether as physicians, physicians-in-training or staff. It welcomes and actively seeks to recruit people to its activities regardless of race, religion, ethnic origin, disability, age, gender and sexual orientation. The RCP aims to reflect the diversity of its members in all its committee, senior roles and staff.