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Acoustic Application Development Scientist

Job Requisition ID:  40062

Eastman’s current hiring policy encourages and prefers new hires be fully vaccinated before reporting to work in this role when possible. 

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 14,000 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2021 revenues of approximately $10.5 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit


Eastman is trusted the world over for its commitment to improving driver and passenger safety, as well as elevating driving performance through innovation of new materials. Since 1937, Saflex® interlayer technology has become the gold standard in laminated glass. Automotive engineers and glass fabricators alike depend on the Saflex brand to provide quality products, reliable service, and expert advice. 

This position is part of the Saflex® team. You will be joining a high caliber technical team as a critical member in our Automotive Interlayers Application Development Group located in Springfield, MA. 

We live our values with a zero-incident mindset regarding safety, ethics, compliance, and an inclusive workplace. We believe a zero-incident mindset is the foundation for success and expect our team members to share this philosophy.

Job Description: 
Our ideal candidate should have a background in polymer science, materials science, or other closely related field. A successful candidate will be expected to develop a knowledge of mechanical damping, sound attenuation, and noise reduction with polymeric materials and films with constrained layer structures. The candidate will also develop and implement test methods to measure and evaluate critical performance criteria for acoustic and mechanical properties in automotive glazing. This role requires a fast-fail mindset through prototype demonstration via lab and pilot plant processes. We also expect extensive hands-on laboratory experience, a willingness to learn new disciplines, and an ability to contribute to business-critical innovations. Additionally, a working familiarity with computer modeling utilizing FEM and other methods is preferred.

Direct Responsibilities:

•    Application development of polymer materials, films, and interlayers for transportation acoustic applications.
•    Generation of polymeric materials, films, and interlayers through laboratory mixing, compounding, and extrusion operations.
•    Fabrication and performance evaluation of test samples and product prototypes.
•    Development of test techniques, methods, and equipment to assess critical performance properties.
•    Effective application of acoustic modeling to guide and drive product design.
•    Fast-fail mindset through prototype demonstration via lab and pilot plant processes.
•    Engage across the organizations and collaborate with other research and application functions and business units to identify key unmet needs of targeted customers.
•    Development and contribution to meeting project deliverables, individually and in team settings.
•    Communication of results through effective written documentation and oral presentations.


•    PhD in Polymer Science, Materials Science/Engineering, or other relevant field of study. All career levels will be considered in this role.
•    Broad background in structure / mechanical and rheological properties relationships.
•    Knowledge of mechanical damping, sound attenuation, and noise reduction by polymeric materials.
•    Knowledge of and application experience with acoustic modeling in preferred.
•    Experience in market discovery and customer engagements is a plus.
•    High level of initiative, with ability to work individually and in teams.
•    Experience with experimental design, data analysis and statistical tools.

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: Springfield MA

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