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Eastman is a global advanced materials and specialty additives company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in more than 100 countries and had 2017 revenues of approximately $9.5 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 14,500 people around the world. For more information, visit

This posting is for a Research Chemist position in the Scale-up Chemistry Group within Eastman Chemical Company, located in Kingsport, Tennessee.


As a member of a high performing team within Eastman’s Scaleup & Process Innovation Division, you will be responsible for developing, optimizing, and scaling synthetic routes to novel compounds.  Responsibilities also include:


• Analyze results, solve complex problems, document and present conclusions

• Work in and lead multidisciplinary teams (technology, manufacturing, business, marketing) to innovate and develop new commercial opportunities for Eastman

• Provide information to business organizations with respect to advances in key technologies and participate in the development of business organization technology strategies


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.


Required Degree: A Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry or Homogeneous Catalysis from an accredited college or university.


The candidate should also possess:


• A broad exposure to synthetic organic transformations

• Demonstrated creativity and a desire to solve challenging and complex problems

• Reaction mechanism and kinetics analysis experience

• A high level of initiative and self-motivation

• Ability to multitask and experience collaborating across disciplines

• Broad interests and willingness to take on relatively undefined challenges

• Excellent oral and written communication skills    




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

Job Segment: Scientific, R&D, Research, Engineering

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