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Applications Research Scientist
at Eastman Chemical
Martinsville, VA, VA

Applications Research Scientist
at Eastman Chemical
Martinsville, VA, VA

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Eastman is a global advanced materials and specialty additives company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in more than 100 countries and had 2016 revenues of approximately $9.0 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 14,000 people around the world.


This posting is for Ph.D. Applications Research Scientist in the Performance Films Technology Organization at Eastman Chemical Company located in Martinsville, VA. The position will have responsibility for applications research and development supporting automotive and architectural markets. The successful applicant will be expected to translate market needs into product concepts and subsequently develop the concepts into commercial products. Candidate must be flexible, proactive, and professional, with experience in coatings, pressure sensitive adhesive formulations, radiation cured polymeric systems such as hard coats and/or adhesives for window film and/or other flexible material. Candidates should be able to communicate effectively and function in an innovative, fast-paced, multidisciplinary team environment. 


The selected individual for this position will be required to: 

  • Serve as a technical expert for flexible film structures and will be expected to conduct/oversee laboratory work to develop basic knowledge to support new business opportunities
  • Translate fundamental knowledge of polymer materials and functional additives to the development of new applications and the identification of new market spaces
  • Identify needs and opportunities through discussion with customers, sales and marketing personnel with the ability to translate those needs into innovative product solutions
  • Propose a course of action based on data analysis
  • Lead multidisciplinary new product development project teams
  • Communicate results through effective written documentation and oral presentations
  • Some travel for customer interactions and technical conferences will be required

The candidate should also possess: 

  • Fundamental understanding of structure-property-performance relationships of coatings resins and additives
  • Broad interests and willingness to take on relatively undefined challenges
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Previous industrial product development experience is preferred
  • Previous project leadership in an industrial setting is preferred 


  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Material Science, Polymer Chemistry, Polymer Science, Polymer Engineering, Physical Chemistry, Chemistry, or equivalent required.


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.

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