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Extrusion Coating Application Development Scientist

Job Requisition ID:  36533

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 2019 revenues of approximately $9.3 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA

Role Description

The individual selected for this position will lead research to develop and commercialize polymers and additives for extrusion coatings and other polymer based applications in the Coatings and Inks business at Eastman.

  • As a senior scientist, lead projects with global teams focused on extrusion coating applications
  • Apply deep understanding of web coating formulation and manufacturing processes to develop prototype polymers and additives for coated articles
  • Establish internal testing capabilities to validate performance of developmental products and benchmark materials
  • Work with internal capabilities and 3rd party web coaters to develop technical solutions
  • Determine fitness-for-use criteria for specific customer applications and reduce these to research programs to develop new polymers and additives
  • Identify knowledge gaps and lead research efforts to develop new products
  • Network with a cross functional team across R&D, marketing, sales and manufacturing to develop products which can transition quickly to commercialization
  • Provide technical support to coaters and converters during product scale up and commercialization trials
  • Develop technical literature to support new products or techniques
  • Serve as a technical expert on extrusion coating formulations and processes.
  • Serve as a resource for internal and external customers on market specific product and process technology
  • Establish peer level connect with the external technical community in order to maintain an up to date understanding of market dynamics, regulatory trends and competitive intellectual property
  • Support quality, health, and safety initiatives as they relate to formulation, material safety, and technical data sheets.
  • Attend trade shows and technical conferences to align with market trends and establish/strengthen market connect
  • Travel to customers to discover needs, match fitness for use characteristics with product offerings, and support new sales opportunities through qualification.
  • Mentor and support development of technicians and other technical personnel.

Safety & Communication

  • Comply with all corporate, division, and group safety requirements
  • Demonstrate commitment to continual safety improvement and model good safety behaviors
  • Engage with customers to understand needs and to establish Eastman’s credibility as a reliable high quality supplier and development partner
  • Assess and communicate customer needs and project results to Marketing, Manufacturing, Quality, 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

Qualifications

Experience and Education:

  • A bachelor’s degree in polymer science, paper science, coatings, packaging, materials science, physics, or a plastics related field
  • 10+ years of relevant technical experience
  • A track record of leading technical projects in web coating process development

OR

  • A Master’s or PhD degree in polymer science, paper science, coatings, packaging, materials science, physics, or a plastics related field
  • 8 + years of experience in web coatings

 

Other Qualifications:

  • Able to relocate to Kingsport, TN
  • Must have excellent communication skills and the ability to work as a part of a cross-functional team
  • Work experience related to extrusion, web coating, and coated product testing is preferred
  • Experience qualifying extrusion coatings formulations is preferred
  • Working knowledge of polymer science is preferred

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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