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Synthesis Chemist

Job Requisition ID:  39652

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 design, synthesize, and characterize polymers and additives in a chemistry lab in support of coatings applications.


Responsibilities will also include: 

  • Lead the evaluation/development of new technologies and processes and the efforts to implement them 
  • Lead projects with global teams focused on metal packaging coatings
  • Collaborate with the Application Development team to understand Fitness for Use testing 
  • Build up relationships with key customers and leverage Eastman capabilities for value selling
  • Operate, maintain, and troubleshoot laboratory equipment, including coatings testing equipment, glassware, and analytical instrumentation
  • Initiate, lead, and document the review and writing of technical reports and invention reports when appropriate
  • Participate and/or lead on teams focused not only on specific project deliverables but also on improving the quality, reliability, and safety of work in the laboratory
  • Provide in depth expertise of the chemistry, processes, and techniques for the specified area
  • Implement scale up of the newly developed polymers with manufacturing through pilot and coordinate samples selection to be provided to customers for evaluation
  • Lead Stage Gate Projects according to EBME guidelines and allocate resources accordingly


  • A minimum of a Master’s Degree in Chemistry or Chemical engineering is required
  • A PhD in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering is preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in polymer synthesis is required and with preference for waterborne technology
  • 2 years within Metal Packaging coating industry is preferred
  • Metal Packaging formulation knowledge is a plus
  • Experienced with Design of Experiments (DOE) is also preferred


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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