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Application Development Scientist Care Solutions

Job Requisition ID:  43753


This posting is for an experienced Applications Development Scientist in the Care Solutions Division located in Ghent, Belgium for Eastman Chemical Company.  The position will have responsibility for new product development in support of the Sensory Care Platform within Eastman, building upon various chemistries (Amine, Polyester, Cellulosic, Oxo) for use in home-, and personal care applications. The selected individual for this position will be responsible to translate market needs into product concepts and subsequently develop those concepts into commercial products. The ideal candidate will have fundamental knowledge and experience in coatings and/or personal and home care formulations and applications and the underlying physico-chemical principles. Candidates should be able to function effectively in an innovative, fast-paced, multidisciplinary and international team environment. 
The selected individual for this position will be required to: 
•    Evaluate existing commercial successes to identify new business opportunities and translate them to the broader market.
•    Apply fundamental expertise in surface science, rheology of emulsions and solutions, and structure-property-processing relationships to generate technical solutions to customer needs across multiple markets and applications.
Reveal working mechanism of our functional ingredients and based on that recommend improved systems
•    Support application development projects through effective laboratory experimentation and generate product prototypes for customer evaluations.
•    Lead multidisciplinary new product development project teams using goal directed project management tools.
•    Develop relationships and collaborate effectively with internal subject matter experts and external partners such as customers, independent laboratories, and universities.
•    Communicate results effectively to business, marketing, technology, and manufacturing stakeholders.  
•    Protect intellectual property through patent applications and manage confidentiality in external communications with customers.
•    Keeps track of the state-of-the-art, industry moves and regulation trends in the field of personal and home care 
•    Actively steers direction of Eastman’s innovation activities in personal and home care
•    Travel (up to 25% of time) to domestic and international locations under short notice.


•    PhD. in Colloidal Science, Material science, Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science, or related field.
•    At least 5 years of industrial experience of successful application development in areas including but not limited to personal care/cosmetics.  Expertise in any of the Eastman chemical technologies is preferred. 
•    Demonstrated broad working knowledge in a wide range of molecular or formulation science skills including structure property relationships, polymer physics, characterization, and polymer testing.  Coating formulation expertise including solubility and solution properties of polymers, dispersions, interfaces, film formation, and cross-linking mechanisms is preferred. Knowledge of interaction of materials and formulations with substrates as skin, hair and fabric
•    Experience in developing, researching, interpreting, and use of Intellectual Property (patents and/or trade secrets).
•    Previous project leadership in an industrial setting is preferred. 
•    Strong oral and written communication skills in English
•    Independent and driven individual with the ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously within a multi-site cross-functional team. 
•    High safety awareness and standard

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