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CE Translation Applications Development Scientist

Job Requisition ID:  37844

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 www.eastman.com.

Responsibilities

This posting is for an experienced Applications Development Scientist in the Corporate Innovation Division located in Kingsport, TN for Eastman Chemical Company.  The position will have responsibility for new product development in support of businesses within Eastman building upon cellulose esters technology platform for use in plastics, coatings, and fiber applications. The selected individual for this position will be responsible to translate market needs into product concepts and subsequently develop those concepts into commercial products. The ideal candidate will have fundamental knowledge and experience in coatings and/or plastics formulations and applications. Candidates should be able to function effectively in an innovative, fast-paced, multidisciplinary team environment. 

 

The selected individual for this position will be required to: 

 

  • Evaluate existing commercial successes to identify new business opportunities and translate them to the broader market.
  • Apply fundamental expertise in polymer science and structure-property-processing relationships to generate technical solutions to customer needs across multiple markets and applications.
  • Support application development projects through effective laboratory experimentation and generating product prototypes for customer evaluations.
  • Lead multidisciplinary new product development project teams.
  • Develop relationships and collaborate effectively with internal subject matter experts and external partners such as customers, independent laboratories, and universities.
  • Communicate results effectively to business, marketing, technology, and manufacturing stakeholders.  
  • Protect intellectual property through patent applications and managing external communications with customers.
  • Travel (up to 25% of time) to domestic and international locations under short notice.

 

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Material Science, Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science, or related field.
  • At least 5 years of industrial experience of successful application development in areas including but not limited to coatings formulations and plastics.  Expertise in cellulosic polymers and formulations is preferred. 
  • Demonstrated broad working knowledge in a wide range of polymer science skills including structure property relationships, polymer physics, characterization, and polymer testing.  Coating formulation expertise including solubility and solution properties of polymers, dispersions, interfaces, film formation, and cross-linking mechanisms is preferred. 
  • Experience in developing, researching, interpreting, and use of Intellectual Property (patents and/or trade secrets).
  • Previous project leadership in an industrial setting is preferred.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Independent and driven individual with the ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously within a multi-site cross-functional team. 

 

 

 

 

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.


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