PhD Fibers Expert - Tennessee

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 2017 revenues of approximately $9.5 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 14,500 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.

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.

 

The fibers expert will conduct polymer and process R&D/innovation leading to the development of Eastman Fibers and Cellulose Acetate Fiber products in the Applications Innovation Division. The Fibers expert will directly interface with Eastman technical experts, laboratory personnel, manufacturing, and market-facing colleagues, as well as external parties across the non-woven and textile fibers industries. Innovative new product options will be discovered and enabled by applying polymer science fundamentals to Eastman’s robust microfibers/fibers and cellulose acetate technology. This role includes collaboration around product design and attributes, evaluation of novel and established polymers, advisement on capabilities expansions. and building the product/process/properties cause-and-effect understanding.

 

Job Responsibilities:

• Deliver timely, practical expertise which results in developing and expanding the microfibers/fibers and cellulose acetate product line and capabilities

• Design, execute, and analyze development-scale experiments that produce valuable samples, data, and insight

• Develop a practical understanding of the bi-component melt spinning and solution spinning processes as well as down-stream processes which enable Eastman’s fiber products

• Provide data-based product and process contributions in both discovery and optimization modes

• Apply theory and modeling techniques to apply structure-property relationships to end-use product functionality needs

• Lead product development projects

• Advise leadership on product and process innovation options

• Investigate and help resolve complex problems as needed

• Prepare and deliver impactful technical training to colleagues

• Effectively communicate and propagate the valuable results of research and development work (personal

  interactions, technical reports, and presentations)

• Develop understanding of relevant product application functionality as appropriate

• Work with Eastman functional team (market managers, business managers, manufacturing, quality

  assurance, application development, and technical service) to achieve business results

 

REQUIRED DEGREE

• A Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or similar from an accredited college or university is required

 

EXPERIENCE

• 7+ years industry experience is required

 

REQUIRED SKILLS / KNOWLEDGE

• Must possess excellent written and oral communications skills – to convey experimental plans and solutions  to problems, to provide presentations, and to deliver technical training

• Must clearly demonstrate excellent analytical and problem-solving skills

• Must demonstrate applied knowledge of polymer science and engineering

• Must possess high level of mechanical aptitude with capabilities to master the interpretation and use of complex component geometries

• Must be able to collaborate with peers of various technical backgrounds and fields of expertise to enable effective product development

• Must demonstrate excellence around professional follow-through and achieving timely closure on issues and assignments

• Must be able to quickly assimilate new information

• Must possess a high level of motivation, initiative and sense of urgency

 

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.

Company
Eastman Chemical
Posted
06/22/2018
Type
Full time
Location
Kingsport, TN, TN 37660, US