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Executive Director

International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
United States
Closing date
31 May 2022

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Chemistry, Management
Contract Type
Full Time
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IUPAC is Seeking a New Executive Director

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) is seeking a new Executive Director to replace the current incumbent upon their retirement later this year. This is an exciting opportunity that does not come along very often as the successful candidate will play a significant role in shaping the future of IUPAC as it solidifies its leadership position in science and seeks to restructure with a renewed focus on its global scientific activities, particularly digital applications and standards in chemistry.

Responsibilities include the overall administration of the business of the Union; management of the Secretariat office and fostering of a positive and productive workplace and organizational culture that promotes excellence and the global standing of the Union;  evaluation and review of the performance of all salaried employees of the Union; preparation of an annual budget and oversight of the Union’s finances; collaboration with and provision of support for the officers and governing bodies of the Union; interaction with fifty-four National Adhering Organizations that comprise the Union; promulgation of the policies established by the Council, Bureau, Standing Committees, and Divisions; representation of the Union, as appropriate, with academia, government, industry, the nonprofit world, and the general public; assurance that organization of biennial General Assemblies and Congresses is carried out effectively by the host nation/society; and oversight of its core publications as well as a variety of monographs and white papers on chemical and scientific standards.

The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the elected officers of the Union, reporting through the Secretary General and the Treasurer to the President, Executive Committee, Bureau, and Council to perform the duties of the organization. The Secretariat based in Research Triangle Park, NC, U.S.A., and consists of a staff of three working on-site and an Associate Director located at Boston University (see Remote work may be considered, but time at the Secretariat will also be needed. International travel is required.

Candidates should have an advanced degree in a scientific or technical discipline and have at least ten years relevant experience. A job description that covers responsibilities and the required experience and qualifications in more detail can be accessed at: There you will also find links to the history of the organization, its governance, and other relevant information.


IUPAC offers a competitive salary and an attractive benefit package which is commensurate with the responsibility of the position. The specific conditions will be adapted to the local situation if the place of employment will be outside of the U.S.A.

Interested applicants are asked to send their applications, including CVs and the names and contact details of three references, by e-mail to the IUPAC Secretary General, Richard Hartshorn, at, by 31 May 2022. Late submissions will be considered if the candidate sends notification of their intent to submit by that date.


The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) is the world authority on chemical nomenclature and terminology, including the naming of new elements in the periodic table; on standardized methods for measurement; and on atomic weights, and many other critically-evaluated data.

A neutral and objective scientific organization, IUPAC was established in 1919 by academic and industrial chemists who shared a common goal – to unite a fragmented, global chemistry community for the advancement of the chemical sciences via collaboration and the free exchange of scientific information. Throughout its long history IUPAC has fulfilled that goal through the creation of a common language and the standardization of processes and procedures.

But IUPAC is about much more than nomenclature and the naming of elements.  We are a leader in the provision of objective scientific expertise for the resolution of critical global issues that involve every aspect of chemistry, all of which have societal impact.  Our scientific work is conducted largely through a formal project system, in which proposals from chemists around the world are peer-reviewed and, if meritorious, are approved and supported. In addition, IUPAC is involved in a wide range of diverse activities that ultimately impact both the chemical profession and  society as a whole. 

For just over a century IUPAC has contributed to the diverse and interdisciplinary field that is chemistry.  We are the catalyst that unites chemists worldwide and we fulfill our mission by fostering sustainable development, providing a common language for chemistry, and advocating the free exchange of scientific information.

We are IUPAC – International and Unique, advancing Pure and Applied Chemistry worldwide!

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+1 919 485 8700
PO Box 13757
Research Triangle Park
NC 27709-3757
United States
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