Application Research Scientist, Architectural Coatings

 •  Eastman Chemical Kingsport, TN

Less than 5 years experience  •  Chemicals

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 12/11/17
Kingsport, TN
Less than 5 years experience
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 12/11/17

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.


Functional Responsibilities:

  • Safety
  • Comply with all corporate, division, and group safety requirements
  • Demonstrate commitment to continual safety improvement and model good safety behaviors


Technical Responsibilities:

  • 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

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