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Research Chemical Engineer

Job Requisition ID:  44710

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


Eastman Chemical Company is seeking a Masters or PhD level Chemical Engineer with a multiphase reaction engineering focus for the Scale Up and Process Innovation Division in Kingsport, Tennessee. The individual in this role will provide a high level of expertise across multiple technologies to solve problems.  Projects will vary in scope from data analysis, process/operational improvements, to capital improvements. 
Job Duties/Responsibilities:
- Lead and execute process improvement projects using multi-phase reaction engineering fundamentals in support of our growth and manufacturing areas.
- Leverage expertise and fundamental knowledge to solve problems and deliver breakthrough process improvements.
- Analyze performance of multiphase reactors and propose solutions that can be implemented in the plant.
- Actively participate in and lead multidisciplinary project teams.
- Apply engineering and scientific fundamentals to existing and new areas of interest
- Develop and drive new ideas and technologies.
- Document discoveries in technical reports and invention disclosures.
- Effectively communicate ideas and results verbally and in writing with technology, business, and manufacturing stakeholders.
- Ability to work at the lab, pilot, and commercial scale


Education and Experience:
- Masters or PhD in Chemical Engineering, Reaction Engineering/Heterogeneous Catalysis specialization preferred.
- 5+ years’ experience preferred.
- Manufacturing experience preferred.
The candidate must possess:
- Fundamental knowledge of multiphase reaction technology which could be applied across small molecule processes.
- Familiarity with principles and applications of heterogeneous catalysis is preferred but not required.     
- Ability to lead and contribute as a member of multidisciplinary teams.
- Ability to work independently.
- Strong bias for action and drive for results.
- Previous project leadership in an industrial setting is preferred.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
- Broad interests and willingness to take on relatively undefined challenges.
- Ability to engage business leaders and develop economically attractive technologies.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Asheville
Nearest Secondary Market: Knoxville

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