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PhD Chemical Engineer / Process Chemist

Job Requisition ID:  41936

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


This position will require a results oriented professional to be responsible for developing and executing a variety of projects related to the Circular Economy Platform.  Personnel in this role provide a high level of expertise in the molecular recycling efforts to solve problems, develop new processes, and troubleshoot.  Projects will vary in scope from process improvements to identification and development of new  process technology to support existing and new sustainability efforts.  The ability to apply fundamental principles to solve problems, develop concepts, and scale-up projects to the commercial scale is needed.  
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
•  Lead and execute process development / improvement projects using modeling and experimental techniques in support of our sustainability efforts
•  Manage a portfolio of projects in support of the circular economy platform
•  Leverage expertise and fundamental knowledge to deliver breakthrough processes and/or products
•  Communicate clearly project progress and accomplishments verbally and in writing
•  Actively participate in multifunctional project teams to initiate and execute projects
•  Apply engineering and scientific fundamentals to existing and new areas of interest
•  Document discoveries in technical reports and invention disclosures
•  Effectively communicate ideas and data with other Eastman groups

•  Ability to work at the lab, pilot, and commercial scale


Education and/or Experience:

  • PhD in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry
  • 5+ years experience
  • Manufacturing experience desirable

The candidate must possess:
• Ability to work in a team and contribute both as a team leader and as a team member
• Ability to work independently
• Initiative in looking for new process technology opportunities
• Previous project leadership in an industrial setting is preferred
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills
• Broad interests and willingness to take on relatively undefined challenges


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.

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