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Applications Development Scientist

Job Requisition ID:  21913

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 2018 revenues of approximately $10 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit


This posting is for Applications Development Scientist in the Performance Films Technology Organization at Eastman Chemical Company located in Martinsville, VA. The position will have responsibility for applications development supporting automotive and architectural markets.  The focus applications will be in solar control films and paint protection films. The successful applicant will be expected to translate market needs into product concepts and subsequently develop the concepts into commercial products. Candidate must be flexible, proactive, and professional, with experience in market discovery, applications development, and technologies related to thermoplastic thin film applications such as coatings, pressure sensitive adhesive formulations, radiation cured polymeric systems, and web handling. Candidates should be able to communicate effectively and function in an innovative, fast-paced, multidisciplinary team environment. 


The selected individual for this position will be required to:

• Identify needs and opportunities through discussion with customers, technical service, sales, and marketing personnel with the ability to translate those needs into innovative product solutions

• Propose a course of action based on data analysis

• Communicate results through effective written documentation and oral presentations

• Travel for customer interactions and technical conferences will be required (travel expected to be up to 30-40%, including international travel)

• Lead multidisciplinary new product development project teams


Job Requirements:

• An MS degree is required in Chemistry, Engineering or another scientific field from an accredited University (PhD is preferred)

• Strong working knowledge in a broad range of skills associated with thin film applications: polymer structure-property relationships, web-based conversion technology including coating, lamination, slitting, and web handling

• Fundamental understanding of structure-property-performance relationships in thermoplastic thin film applications is preferred

• Broad interests and willingness to take on relatively undefined challenges

• Strong interpersonal and communication skills

• Previous industrial product development experience is preferred

• Previous project leadership in an industrial setting 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: Blacksburg
Nearest Secondary Market: Virginia

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