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Job Requisition ID:  43662

Eastman’s current hiring policy encourages and prefers new hires be fully vaccinated before reporting to work in this role when possible. 

Founded in 1920, 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 2020 revenues of approximately $8.5 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit


Eastman Chemical Company is seeking a PhD level Chemist with an experimental focus to join the Technology organization in Kingsport, Tennessee.   As a member of a high-performing team, this individual will be responsible for developing innovative and sustainable solutions for new and existing processes and products.  The selected candidate will work closely with an inclusive and diverse team of scientists, engineers and technicians at the lab, pilot and/or commercial scale to meet market demands.    
Job Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with applications R&D, manufacturing, marketing and business partners to understand customer needs and provide commercially viable technical solutions
  • Work in a fast-paced, results-oriented team environment to develop new technologies that provide solutions to customers’ unmet needs
  • Develop research plans and design experiments according to company’s timetable and translate into detailed technical work plans for safe and effective execution of process chemistry or new product development
  • Propose a course of action based on data analysis
  • Anticipate technical difficulties and develop creative solutions
  • Write patents, technical market support literature, technical presentations, and publications, including internal research for publication, and provide support/liaison for external research conducted in line with the organization’s research strategy
  • Prepare and present written and oral reports to communicate with production, marketing, sales, and related functions
  • Work in and lead multidisciplinary teams to execute on technical projects, including directing the work of technicians



  • Required Degree: PhD in Organic, Inorganic, Polymer, or Analytical Chemistry, Homogeneous Catalysis, or Polymer Science 
  • Safe execution of all laboratory processes with demonstrated ability to effectively identify hazards associated with chemistries being explored and take appropriate actions
  • Demonstrated creativity and desire to solve challenging and complex problems
  • Passion for understanding the fundamental aspects of complex chemistries and processes
  • Ability to lead and contribute as a member of multidisciplinary teams
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to distill data and effectively present key messages across the technical enterprise, as well as various groups such as marketing, manufacturing, regulatory, QA/QC, supply chain, customer service, sales and external customers and suppliers
  • Strong organizational/time management skills and ability to prioritize
  • Team player

Eastman Chemical Company is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, 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.

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