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Application Development Scientist (Ophthalmic Industry)

Job Requisition ID:  26103

Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in a material way, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. The company’s innovation-driven growth model takes advantage of world-class technology platforms, deep customer engagement, and differentiated application development to grow its leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. As a globally inclusive and diverse company, Eastman employs approximately 14,500 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2018 revenues of approximately $10 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit



The Polymers Technology Application Development Department is searching for an Application Development Scientist (Ophthalmic Industry) at our Kingsport, TN facility.


Job Responsibilities include:

-Identify & document ophthalmic industry and customer specific unmet needs and product fitness for use criteria

-Participate in, align with and influence the strategy of the ophthalmic industry segment team

-Become a core member of ophthalmic segment team (Application Development, Marketing, Sales, Technical Service, Product Management)

-Promote an entire portfolio of solutions to meet market needs

-Support market facing StageGate Projects (Full, MAS, MAP) and lead technical activities of SSOs and StageGate projects

-Become a technical expert in the market and its applications (including understanding competitive products)

-Design and execute experiments aimed at developing applications for the ophthalmic industry

-Provide grade recommendations:

-Convert voice of customer into CTQs which drives product selection and development

-Promotes customer trials and evaluations

-Helps develop technical information for sales

-Defines unmet needs / deficiencies

-Knowledgeable about industry relevant secondary operations

-Helps complaint resolution (field failures related to fitness for use)

-Partner with Product Development team to deliver products that the market needs and that will bring value to Eastman



Education Requirements:


- Bachelor's degree required (>5 years relevant experience); Ph.D. in Polymer or Material Science preferred

- Customer facing experience preferred

- Experience with polymer testing and characterization required

- Experience with polyester and/or cellulosic thermoplastics preferred

- Excellent communication and documentation skills required

- Project leadership experience preferred

- Marketing and/or business acumen preferred

- Demonstrated creativity and a desire to solve problems required


Eastman Chemical Company is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other characteristics protected by law.


Eastman is committed to creating a powerfully diverse workforce and a broadly inclusive workplace, where everyone can contribute to their fullest potential each day.

Nearest Major Market: Asheville
Nearest Secondary Market: Knoxville

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