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Research Scientist

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Eastman Chemical Company

Springfield, MA

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Responsibilities of this position includes: (a) execution of experimentation to develop fundamental knowledge on how polymer structure influences end-use performance characteristics; (b) leveraging that knowledge toward the design and development of new product concepts; and (c) assist with scale-up toward manufacture of new product concepts. Major Job Responsibilities include : \u2022\u00a0Plan and execute effective experimentation programs involving laboratory and pilot scale synthesis of polymer compositions to determine structure\/property relationships and the effect of compositions on polymer processing \u2022\u00a0Develop detailed understanding of how polymer structure and formulation relates to fitness-for-use characteristics for applications of interest in existing and new business areas. \u2022\u00a0Plan & conduct development activities to provide polymer synthesis and modification process support for new product development programs from laboratory through pilot scale development and testing. \u2022\u00a0Apply creativity and polymer structure-property-processing expertise to the design of new materials toward discovery and development of new polymer products to support growth in existing and new business platforms. \u2022\u00a0Effectively work in a multidisciplinary team (technology, manufacturing, business, marketing) environment to innovate and develop new commercial opportunities for Eastman. \u2022\u00a0Communicate research results and new ideas to colleagues, management and the business organization through technical reports, monthly research summaries, invention reports, patent applications, presentations and poster presentations \u2022 Stay current on developments and technologies related to polymer synthesis, compositions, and properties through literature surveys, patent mining, and conference attendance \u2022\u00a0Some travel for plant support, customer interactions, and\/or technical conferences may be required Job Requirements : \u2022\u00a0A Ph.D. degree in Polymer Chemistry, Polymer Science, Macromolecular Science, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry or equivalent from an accredited college or university with specialization in polymer synthesis is required \u2022\u00a0Minimum 3 years relevant industrial or academic experience is preferred \u2022 Strong theoretical knowledge and practical laboratory experience in free radical polymerization and copolymerization, post-polymerization modification, and mechanisms in organic chemistry is preferred \u2022 Experience in polymer synthesis and formulation for use in engineering plastic, film, or sheet applications will be desirable \u2022 Strong knowledge of structure-property relationships (i.e., how polymer chemical structure influences resulting polymer properties) with demonstrated ability to optimize structures for achieving prescribed functional attributes is preferred \u2022\u00a0Basic understanding of polymer characterization methods and a broad range of analytical techniques, including rheology, thermal analysis, and various chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques is preferred \u2022 Prior experience with scaling up reactions from laboratory scale to pilot scale to commercial production will be a plus \u2022\u00a0Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team \u2022\u00a0Successfully demonstrate attention to detail with good interpersonal and communication (written and verbal) skills \u2022\u00a0Strong commitment to completing tasks and ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously in a high activity environment \u2022\u00a0Willingness to travel to the world-wide Butvar\u00ae and Saflex\u00ae manufacturing sites and collaborate with other Eastman organizations and customers is preferred 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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Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of advanced materials, additives and functional products, specialty chemicals, and fibers that are found in products people use every day. As a world leader in the diverse markets it serves, Eastman is focused on delivering innovative and technology-based solutions while maintaining its commitment to safety and sustainability.

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