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Research Chemist

Job Requisition ID:  37939

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 Chemical Company is seeking a Research Chemist for the Scale-up Chemistry team located in Kingsport, TN.  As a member of a high performing team within Eastman’s Scaleup & Process Innovation Division, the selected individual will be responsible for developing, optimizing, and scaling synthetic routes to novel compounds.  The individual will have an opportunity to develop innovative technical solutions across multiple business areas.  Project work will be conducted in the laboratory, pilot plant, and large-scale manufacturing facilities.  


Job Responsibilities:


-Collaborate with applications R&D, marketing and business partners to understand customer needs and provide technical solutions that are economically viable

-Work in a fast-paced, results-oriented team environment to develop new technologies that provide solutions to customers' needs

-Solve complex problems, analyze results, propose next steps and strategies, and document conclusions/issues on a timely basis

-Work in and lead multidisciplinary teams to execute on technical projects, including directing the work of technicians

-Communicate results to technology, manufacturing, and business stakeholders

-Identify inventive aspects of new technology and work with our Legal department to capture and protect intellectual property


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.


Education:  Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry or Homogenous Catalysis from an accredited college or university

Preferred: at least five years' experience in a research or process development role


The candidate must possess:
- A broad exposure to synthetic organic chemistry transformations and laboratory experimentation techniques

- Demonstrated creativity and a desire to solve challenging and complex problems

- First principles mechanistic approach and a passion for understanding the fundamental aspects of complex chemistries and processes

- Exhibit a high level of initiative and self-motivation

- Broad interests and willingness to take on relatively undefined challenges

- Strong project management and team leadership skills

- Excellent oral and written communication skills

- Ability to work in a team setting and with members from different technical backgrounds

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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