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Specialty Plastics / Circular Economy Product Development Scientist

Job Requisition ID:  35479

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 2019 revenues of approximately $9.3 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA



Are you passionate about sustainability and want to make a difference? We are looking for ambitious bring-it-on-problem-solvers who are dedicated to doing what’s right for the planet. Join our team and help make the circular economy a reality right now.
Eastman is an advanced materials company investing in the people, technology, and assets to make the circular economy a reality, right now. We’re revolutionizing recycling at the molecular level to develop sustainable materials with high levels of recycled content that look and act exactly like materials without recycled content. And better yet, we’re doing it with an improved environmental footprint, leaving fossil fuel in the ground and lowering carbon emissions. 
In 2019, Eastman began commercial-scale molecular recycling for a broad set of waste plastics that would otherwise be landfilled or incinerated, or worse, end up in the environment. Learn more about our efforts at
If you share our vision, have relevant experience and want to be a change-maker our world needs, you don’t have to wait. Join our team and do what’s right, now.
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- Principal formulation scientist responsible for supporting Eastman's Specialty Plastics business, with specific focus in Electronics and Automotive markets where there a strong desire for products that are sustainable (e.g. fit into the circular economy)
Responsible for creating new thermoplastic formulations that meet customer needs
- Work with Application Developers to
understand customer needs and define product attributes
- Work with
analytical specialists to define and implement product testing protocols for thermoplastic formulations
Support scale-up and manufacturing in bringing new products to market
- Develop project plans and lead projects that
support above duties
- Communicate results and recommendations to team and management; document results in reports
- Apply
statistical tools effectively (six sigma, capability analysis, design of experiments)



- Bachelor of Science in Polymer Science or Engineering, Materials Science or related is required; PhD is preferred
- Experience in designing thermoplastic formulations/recipes that meet customer needs is required
- Experience in thermoplastic compounding processes and equipment is desired
- Strong project management skills
- Excellent oral and written communication skills to work in a team environment
- 3+ years' experience in thermoplastic polymer product development or manufacturing/support 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.

Nearest Major Market: Asheville
Nearest Secondary Market: Knoxville

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