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Process Development Chemist

Job Requisition ID:  46914

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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



A process chemist in the Cellulose Esters Process Chemistry Group will contribute to projects designed to grow existing business and develop new business for Cellulose Esters.  Candidate will provide technical assistance and project work related to process development, improvement efforts, and assist in the discovery and development of new process concepts for the production of cellulose esters.  Project work will be conducted in the laboratory, pilot plant, and in the large-scale manufacturing facilities. Responsibilities may include the following: 

• Design and conduct laboratory experiments at the bench 
• Analyze results, solve complex problems, and document conclusions 
• Invent, improve, trouble-shoot and debottleneck processes 
• Participate in development team efforts from inception to commercialization 
• Work effectively with other chemists and chemical engineers 
• Exhibit a high level of initiative 
•Apply statistical tools effectively (six sigma, design of experiments) 
• Direct work of technicians 
• Lead and participate in multi-disciplinary teams and projects 
• Develop hands-on and in-depth technical expertise of cellulosics 
• Conduct literature searches and monitor patent activity 
• Work in a fast paced, results-oriented team environment to assist in developing new technologies to provide solutions to customers' needs 



Required Degree: PhD in Chemistry from an accredited college or university with 0-15 years of experience in chemical industry 
• Experience in preparation of organic compounds and knowledge of reaction pathways is required 
• Experience in designing, evaluating, and interpreting complex reaction systems as well as associated experimental setups is required
• Some experience in separations and distillation preferred
• Some fundamental knowledge about cellulose and related biopolymers is preferred 
• Demonstrated creativity and a desire to solve challenging and complex problems 
• Strong project management and team leadership skills 
• Excellent oral and written communication skills to work in a team environment

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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