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PhD Research Chemist

Job Requisition ID:  37545

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

Job Overview

Eastman is seeking qualified candidates to fill the PhD Research Chemist position in the Process Chemistry Group in Kingsport, TN. The Research Chemist will be responsible for chemistry support of Eastman’s chemical manufacturing, as well as earlier stage R&D and scale up effort.  The Process Chemistry group interfaces with Eastman’s Chemicals Manufacturing Division to identify and carry out chemical process improvement projects for existing manufacturing processes. The group also interfaces with Eastman’s Corporate Technology area to identify, scale-up, and commercialize breakthrough new process technologies and new products.

•  Participate in the development team effort from inception to commercialization
•  Execute technical projects, including conducting laboratory experiments at the bench and directing the work of technicians
•  Communicate results through effective written documentation and oral presentations
•  Improve, trouble-shoot and debottleneck manufacturing processes
•  Lead and participate on multi-disciplinary teams
•  Work in a fast-paced, results-oriented team environment to assist in developing new technologies that provide solutions to customers' needs
•  Keep up with new technologies from the literature and identifying external research opportunities
•  Identify and capture IP opportunities
Research Chemists are expected to take the lead in safety and housekeeping.  Additionally, Research Chemists need to be self-starters, work independently, and have good personal organization skills to be successful. Flexibility is a must in this distinctly innovative environment. Candidates should have a positive social attitude and like to work in a team.


 Candidates must have Ph.D. in Chemistry or related discipline from an accredited college or university
•  Broad background in Organic or Inorganic synthesis and catalysis
•  0-10 years industrial experience 
•  Should be an innovative and creative problem solver with strong scientific convictions and willingness to take risks
•  Should be able to lead and engage other scientists, chemical engineers and technicians to provide key chemistry insights for product and process develop and to participate in multi-disciplinary product and process development teams
•  Clear and effective written and oral communication is essential
•  demonstrate solid understanding of common analytical chemistry techniques

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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