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Polymer Scientist/Acoustic Expert

Job Requisition ID:  38918

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


The Applications and External Innovation group is looking for a Research Scientist to help drive innovation programs focused on developing new technologies in polymer materials, films, interlayers and laminated glazing for transportation acoustic applications.  An ideal candidate should have a background in polymer science or materials science, knowledge of mechanical damping with polymeric materials and with constrained layer structures, and test methods for acoustic materials and their applications for sound attenuation and noise reduction, familiar with computer modeling utilizing FEM and other methods, extensive hands-on laboratory experience, a willingness to learn new disciplines, and an ability to contribute in early stage development programs.  The candidate should be able to communicate effectively and function in an innovative, fast-paced, multidisciplinary team environment.  This position reports to the Polymer Synthesis and Applications leader, and is based in Eastman’s Kingsport, Tennessee.

•    Design and development of polymer materials, films, and interlayers for transportation acoustic applications.
•    Generation of polymeric materials, films, and interlayers through laboratory mixing, compounding, and extrusion operations; fabrication of test samples and product prototypes and evaluate their acoustic performance.
•    Development of test techniques, methods, and equipment to assess critical performance properties.
•    Effective use of acoustic modeling to guide and drive product design.
•    Engage across the organizations and collaborate with other research and application functions and business units to identify key unmet needs of targeted customers.
•    Translate the identified needs into well-defined technical criteria for planning and execution of scientific projects 
•    Development and contribution to meeting project deliverables, individually and in team settings.
•    Communication of results through effective written documentation and oral presentations.



Required Degree:   
•    PhD in Polymer Science, Materials Science, Polymer Chemistry, Polymer or Chemical or Material Engineering with 0-5 years of relevant industrial experience is preferred (such as sound transmission loss, automotive/architecture glazing, laminated glass etc.)
•    Broad background in structure/property relationships
•    Knowledge of mechanical damping, sound attenuation, and noise reduction by polymeric materials is desirable
•    Knowledge of and experience with acoustic modeling is desirable but not necessary
•    Excellent communication skills, verbal and written.
•    High level of initiative, with ability to work individually and in teams.
•    Excellent organization, planning and multi-tasking skills.
•    Experience with experimental design, data analysis and statistical tools.


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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