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Applications Research Scientist

Job Requisition ID:  38366

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 Advanced Materials Technology group is looking for a Research Scientist to help drive programs focused on developing new technologies in interlayer films and laminated glazing for automotive Head up Display (HUD) applications.  An ideal candidate would have a background in polymers or materials science, extensive hands-on laboratory experience, a willingness to learn new disciplines, and an ability to contribute in early stage development programs.  The candidate should be able to communicate effectively and function in an innovative, fast-paced, multidisciplinary team environment.  This position reports to the HUD technology leader, and is based out of Eastman’s Springfield, Massachusetts Technology Center.

•    Design and development of polymer interlayers for automotive and architectural display applications.
•    Generation of interlayer films through laboratory mixing, compounding, and extrusion operations.
•    Fabrication of glass laminate test samples, product prototypes, and windshield demonstration units.
•    Development of analytical techniques and equipment to assess critical performance properties.
•    Effective use of hands-on experimentation to validate hypotheses and drive product design.
•    Consolidation of fundamental scientific knowledge to create next generation interlayers.
•    Contribution as an active member of development teams, from inception to commercialization.
•    Development and contribution to meeting project deliverables, individually and in team settings.
•    Communication of results through effective written documentation and oral presentations.
•    Interaction with Manufacturing, Quality, WW Technology, Sales and Marketing groups.


•    Degree in Polymer Science, Material Science, or equivalent degree with a focus on polymers.
•    Masters with 5 years or Ph.D. degree, with 2-5 years of laboratory experience preferred.
•    Broad background in structure/property relationships.
•    Excellent communication skills, verbal and written.
•    High level of initiative, with ability to work individually and in teams.
•    Excellent organization, planning and multi-tasking skills.
•    Experience with experimental design, data analysis and standard software packages. 
•    Physically capable of lifting, pushing, pulling, swinging tools, operating hand tools and equipment.
•    Willingness to travel, as required (<10%).

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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