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Semiconductor Solvents Applications Development Scientist

Job Requisition ID:  37932

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 individual selected for this position will lead research to develop and commercialize high purity solvents for the semiconductor industry and other applications supporting the Coatings and Inks business at Eastman.
Job Responsibilities:
•    As a senior technical lead, work with global teams focused on high purity solvent development projects for a range of applications.
•    Apply deep understanding of the semiconductor industry to develop and test new solvent products that meet requirements of front end wafer photoresist, developer, and cleaning processes.
•    Communicate with customers to determine fitness-for-use criteria for specific customer applications and work with cross-functional teams to reduce these to solvent manufacturing and purification processes.
•    Identify knowledge gaps and design research efforts to develop new solvent product offerings.
•    Network with a cross functional team across R&D, marketing, sales and manufacturing to develop products which can transition quickly from process development to commercial supply.
•    Provide technical support to manufacturing, engineering, and QC organizations during product scale up and commercialization.
•    Develop technical literature to support new products or techniques.
•    Serve as a technical expert on solvent physical properties and solvent polymer interactions.
•    Serve as a resource for internal and external customers on market specific product and process technology.
•    Establish peer level connect with customers and the industry technical community in order to maintain an up to date understanding of market dynamics, regulatory trends and competitive intellectual property.
•    Support quality, health, and safety initiatives as they relate to formulation, material safety, and technical data sheets.
•    Attend trade shows and technical conferences to align with market trends and establish/strengthen market connect.
•    Travel to customers to discover needs, match fitness for use characteristics with product offerings, and support new sales opportunities through qualification.
•    Mentor and support development of technicians and other technical personnel.
Comply with all corporate, division, and group safety requirements.
Demonstrate commitment to continual safety improvement and model good safety behaviors.
Engage with customers to understand needs and to establish Eastman’s credibility as a reliable high quality supplier and development partner.
Assess and communicate customer needs and project results to Marketing, Manufacturing, Quality, Technology, and business partners, tailoring the communication to the audience.
Document results accurately and in a timely manner using e-notebook, technical reports, and invention reports, as required.
Collaborate with cross-functional teams to support new product commercialization, as required.


PhD in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science, physics, or a related field
At least 4 years of professional work experience in semiconductor front end process development
At least 5 years of combined academic and professional experience with semiconductor front end process development
A track record of leading technical projects in semiconductor front end applications
Able to relocate to Kingsport, TN
Must have excellent communication skills and the ability to work as a part of a cross-functional team
Work experience supplying to semiconductor fabricators is preferred
Experience qualifying solvent formulations for wafer cleaning is preferred
Experience with solvent manufacturing and purification processes is preferred

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.

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