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Coatings Surface Scientist

Job Requisition ID:  36599

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’s Coatings & Inks business is a growth engine for Eastman. For more than 70 years, this business has offered one of the most diverse and innovative product portfolios in the global coatings industry. Our products span multiple markets including industrial, automotive, architectural, packaging, inks and more. One of our key brands is Tetrashield™, a portfolio of protective resins designed to make safe, sustainable coatings more durable through improved weathering, chemical resistance, and hardness.  Eastman collaborates and works with our direct and indirect customers to formulate differentiated and innovative Coatings and Inks solutions. We also engage with brands to educate them on the value that our technologies can create in their most important applications. 

Job Overview


The individual selected for this position will be responsible for developing fundamental technical insights into the mechanics, chemistry and physics of surface and interfacial phenomena of primarily waterborne and colloidal coatings systems to support the Coatings and Inks business at Eastman.


Job Responsibilities:


Identify knowledge gaps and design research efforts to investigate a range of coatings surface and interface mechanics problems
Develop understanding of customer requirements and testing procedures and reduce these to fundamental materials properties and tests
Develop new test methods to build fundamental understanding of structure-process-property relationships
Generate physical property and performance data to support IP and applications development efforts
Maintain awareness of competitive products and benchmark alternative technologies
Build knowledge of new coatings technologies via scientific literature, patents, and industry publications
Establish peer level connect with the external technical community in order to maintain an up to date understanding of the market dynamics, industry trends and to support customer engagement
Experience characterizing a variety of surface/interface phenomena and polymeric materials is required.


Assess and communicate customer needs and project results to marketing, manufacturing, technology, and business partners, tailoring the communication to the audience
Document results accurately and in a timely manner using e-notebook, technical reports, and invention reports, as required
Collaborate with cross-functional teams to support new product commercialization, as required


Comply with all corporate, division, and group safety requirements
Demonstrate commitment to continual safety improvement and model good safety behaviors



PhD in coatings, polymer science, physics, chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science, or a related field
At least 3 years of experience working with physical characterization of solid and liquid polymer surface and interface phenomena
Working knowledge of polymer fracture mechanics
Able to relocate to Kingsport, TN

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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