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Research Scientist

Job Requisition ID:  25997

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 a Research Scientist in the Advanced Materials Interlayers Technology Organization at Eastman Chemical Company located in Springfield,  Massachusetts.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Design and develop new polymer interlayer products for architectural glazing, specifically for high performance applications such as structural, hurricane and bullet-proof markets.
  • Design and execute experiments to develop fundamental knowledge on how polymer structure influences end-use performance characteristics
  • Use statistical tools and modeling to interpret results of multi-variable experiments and DOE’s
  • Conduct lab and pilot scale process development efforts for new polymer formulations.
  • Develop new test methods and characterization techniques for better fundamental understandings of materials
  • Provide technical support to manufacturing, engineering, and QC organizations during product scale up and commercialization
  • Independently manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Lead small project teams on development and capabilities efforts
  • Collaborate closely with applications development, technical service, and marketing representatives in new product development efforts
  • Attend trade shows/technical conferences to align with market trends and establish/strengthen market connect




  • Masters degree in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineer, Material Science/Engineering, Polymer Science/Engineering, or related field is required
  • Minimum 3 years relevant experience is preferred   
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong understanding of mechanical behavior of engineering materials, specifically plastics
  • Strong understanding of structure-processing-property relationships
  • Strong background in Chemistry and Polymer Science is preferred
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Strong commitment to task; ability to organize, prioritize and execute multiple projects simultaneously within a high activity environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in cross-functional teams
  • Project management/leadership experience is preferred
  • Experience with Lean Six Sigma tools 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: Springfield MA

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