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Eastman PhD Engineer in Kingsport, Tennessee

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 2022 revenues of approximately $10.6 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit .

Eastman Chemical Company is seeking a PhD level Chemical Engineer with to join the Technology organization in Kingsport, Tennessee. This individual will become an integral member of multiple product and process development teams, ranging in scope from process upgrades to development of new process technology supporting existing and new manufacturing processes.

Job Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Utilize expertise and fundamental knowledge to solve problems and deliver breakthrough processes and/or products

  • Develop process concepts and models for the production of new products based on proposed chemistry routes and early laboratory data

  • Apply engineering and scientific fundamentals to existing and new areas of interest

  • Actively participate in and lead multidisciplinary project teams

  • Collaborate with laboratory chemists, technicians, technologists and engineers to execute laboratory and pilot plant experiments

  • Work safely and promote a safe work environment

  • Identify innovative solutions to improve economic viability of new processes/products

  • Effectively communicate ideas and results verbally and in writing with technology, business, and manufacturing stakeholders


  • Required Degree: PhD in Chemical Engineering from an accredited college or university

  • Fundamental knowledge of process technology which could be applied across polymer and/or small molecule applications

  • Safe execution of all laboratory processes with demonstrated ability to effectively identify hazards associated with processes being explored and take appropriate actions

  • Ability to lead and contribute as a member of multidisciplinary teams

  • Ability to work independently

  • Highly motivated to achieve results and move projects forward at an efficient pace

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to summarize data and effectively present key messages across the technical enterprise, as well as various groups such as marketing, manufacturing, regulatory, QA/QC, supply chain, customer service, sales and external customers and suppliers

  • Desire to engage well with technicians/operators, peers, and management and to collaborate to find innovative solutions

    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.