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Laboratory Technician

Job Requisition ID:  44844

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 14,000 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2021 revenues of approximately $10.5 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit


**Please note - this posting is to fill multiple positions throughout the year.  If qualified, you may be contacted regarding next steps however it may not be immediate.**


Laboratory Technicians work under the direction of a staff member in an analytical, research (R&D), process and production support, or technical service laboratory or within a division technical staff group.


Responsibilities may include:

  • Conducting technical experiments and projects
  • Leading and participating on multi-disciplinary teams
  • Working with quality systems or providing reports to governmental or regulatory agencies
  • Developing hands-on and in-depth technical expertise
  • Working in a fast paced, results-oriented team environment to assist in developing new technologies to provide solutions to customers' needs
  • Preparing and supporting new or established technologies for commercial products and processes that may include:
    • Experimental materials and techniques
    • Scale-up evaluations
    • Analytical measurements
    • Assisting customers with process optimization and new applications
    • Dealing with customer inquiries/complaints
    • Developing new formulations (i.e. fitness for use)
    • May work  directly with external and internal customers in answering technical questions
  • Documenting experimental work and writing technical and invention reports
  • Working safely and promoting a safe work environment.


Candidate should possess:

  • Laboratory Technician Qualified with 51 credit hours as described below is required.
  • 4 year Degree in Scientific Field preferred.
  • Formal training in general laboratory procedures.
  • Problem solving, math and science skills and familiarity with statistical methodology. 
  • Initiative and the ability to work in a team setting. Clear and effective written and oral communication is essential.
  • General computer experience with relevant and Microsoft software packages (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). 


Educational Requirements:

Chemistry — 23 hours — Mandatory courses are General Chemistry I and II with labs, Quantitative Analysis with lab (can be taken within 1 year of employment if lacking), and Organic Chemistry I and II with labs.  Examples of other science courses to meet the 23 hours of Chemistry credit are:  Biochemistry, Qualitative Analysis, Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Instrument Analysis, Chemical Calculations, Environmental Analysis, Seminar in Chemistry, Chemical Research, Advanced Chemistry, Organic Synthesis, and Chemical Engineering Courses

Physics/Science — 4 hours - Mechanics Heat, Sound, Light, Electricity & Magnetism, Introductory Physics, General Physics, Biology, General Science

Mathematics — 3 hours - College Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Statistics, Math for Engineering Technologies

English — 6 hours - English Composition, Speech & Listening, Technical Report Writing, Grammar, Oral & Written Composition

Electives — 15 hours - Any course carrying college level credit except the following:  Military Science, Freshman Orientation, Physical Education, Music, Health


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.

Nearest Major Market: Asheville
Nearest Secondary Market: Knoxville

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