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Polymers Applications Scientist

Job Requisition ID:  40963

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 14,500 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


This exciting job opportunity is for a Polymer Applications Scientist in the Corporate Innovation Division of the Eastman Chemical Company located in Kingsport, TN.  This position is specifically focused on developing biodegradable polymers and formulations to support corporate circular economy initiatives targeting the reduction of waste plastic going into landfills.  
The position will have responsibility for leading and executing new product development projects as well as leading customer facing applications development in order to generate new business. The successful applicant will translate market needs into product concepts and subsequently develop the concepts into commercial products. Candidates should be able to
communicate effectively and function in an innovative, fast-paced, multidisciplinary team environment.
The selected individual for this position will be required to:

  • Develop a deep understanding of the functional attributes of a wide range of polymeric materials relevant to Eastman technology platforms.
  • Apply theory and modeling to explain experimentally based structure-property relationships for a variety of polymeric systems with the goal of predicting end-use product performance.
  • Translate fundamental knowledge of polymer materials to the development of new applications and the identification of new market spaces.
  • Identify needs and opportunities through discussion with customers, sales and marketing personnel with the ability to translate those needs into innovative product solutions.
  • Propose a course of action based on data analysis.
  • Lead multidisciplinary new product development project teams. 



Experience:  5 yrs or more experience in industry preferred

  • A Ph.D. in Polymer Science or Engineering, Materials Science or related field
  • Experience in film extrusion, thermoforming, injection molding and related applications is a plus
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Broad interests and willingness to take on relatively undefined challenges
  • General polymer application research and development experience, preferably in areas related to engineering thermoplastics including but not limited to polymer processing, formulation, and design
  • Strong working knowledge in a broad range of polymer science skills including: structure-property relationships, polymer physics, polymer characterization, and polymer processing

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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