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Research Scientist

Job Requisition ID:  38365

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 design and development of wedge based interlayer films 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.

Key Responsibilities Include:

•    Willingness to learn the special challenges of HUD system design and how interlayer product contributes to system success.
•    Successfully engage across the organization collaborating with other R &D functions, Technical Service, New Business Development, Marketing and Product management to identify key unmet needs of targeted customers.
•    Improving the customer experience by innovation. Continually gaining knowledge of parts, competitors and customers and transforming them into innovative proposals, designs or developments. 
•    Translate the identified needs into well-defined technical criteria for planning and execution of scientific projects which provide innovative, optimized and value-added technical solutions to the customers and the markets.
•    Demonstrate the appropriate use of statistical tools to solve complex problems.
•    Serve as technical expert to interact with internal and external stakeholders regarding wedge based interlayers.


•    PhD in Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Polymer Engineering or Materials Science with 0-5 years of relevant industrial experience.
•    Knowledge of Process-Structure-Property-Performance relationships in polymeric systems (coursework/internship/co-op experience allowed).
•    Knowledge of polymer processing (e.g. Extrusion) a plus.
•    Be self-driven and comfortable defining a research path.
•    Demonstrated ability to analyze data, draw conclusions, present findings to peers and management and document results through publications and presentations.
•    Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team.
•    Strong ability to clearly communicate technical concepts at appropriate levels for a given audience.

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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