The individual selected for this position will be responsible for developing fundamental technical insights into architectural coatings systems to support growth in the Additives and Functional Products business.
Comply with all corporate, division, and group safety requirements
Demonstrate commitment to continual safety improvement and model good safety behaviors
Lead research and development, and identification of new technologies in collaboration with cross-functional teams
Identify knowledge gaps and design research efforts to resolve these gaps
Develop and test new ideas directed at improving coatings properties that enable differentiated offerings to the architectural coating segments through improved performance, reduced cost and increased efficiency
Determine fitness-for-use criteria for specific applications and reduce these to fundamental materials properties using knowledge of structure-process-property relationships
Provide technical insight to customer facing teams, with emphasis on the Architectural Segment, to develop new products for new and existing customers
Generate physical property and performance data to support IP and technology development
Develop understanding of customer requirements and testing procedures to enable new product development
Develop a deep understanding of coatings and materials used and regulatory requirements in the architectural coatings industry
Maintain awareness of competitive products and benchmark alternative technologies
Build knowledge of new coatings technologies relevant to Eastman via scientific literature, patents, and industry publications
Establish peer level connect with the external technical community in order to maintain an up to date understanding of the market dynamics, industry trends and to support customer engagement
Serve as a resource for internal and external customers on market specific product and process technology
Follow all laboratory quality and safety standards
Experience characterizing architectural coatings additives, resins and formulations is highly desirable.
Understanding of latex synthesis and characterization, pigment dispersions, and surfactants is required
Assess and communicate customer needs and project results to marketing, manufacturing, technology, and business partners, tailoring the communication to the audience
Document results accurately and in a timely manner using e-notebook, technical reports, and invention reports, as required
Serve on cross-functional teams to support new product commercialization, as required
Develop effective working relationships with Eastman sales, business, and technical personnel
PhD in coatings, polymer science, physics, chemistry, materials science, or a related field
At least 3 years of experience working with aqueous dispersions or emulsions (may include graduate research)
Able to relocate to Kingsport, TN
About Eastman Chemical Company
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. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.
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.
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