Application Development Scientist – Industrial Automotive

June 20, 2012

This posting is for an Application Development Scientist in the Specialty Coatings Technology Division of Eastman Chemical Company at the R&D headquarters in Kingsport, TN.  The selected individual for this position will be responsible for formulation and development of structure / performance relationships of coatings additives in factory applied industrial and /or automotive coatings.
Job Responsibilities

  • Develop starting point formulations in order to articulate the value proposition for new specialty additives in general industrial, factory applied systems, and /or automotive coatings.
  • Apply coatings using typical industrial spray techniques, and evaluate performance with relevant test methods
  • Identify needs and provide solutions for customer applications through
    • Customer visits and collaboration with cross functional teams to identify key needs
    • Work with product development to assess potential additive solutions
    • Design and execution of creative and relevant experiments
    • Use of statistical or theoretical / numerical methods to analyze results
    • Appropriate communication of results
  • Develop an understanding of end-user requirements and testing procedures to clearly communicate how Eastman product offerings can enhance coating application and performance
  • Develop relationships and coordinate work with customers and downstream coating applicators
  • Communicate technical data through presentations at external customers and conferences, and through publications in trade journals
  • Lead development projects and interface with marketing, product development, technical service, manufacturing and sales to enable effective and timely execution of new efforts
  • Direct work of a laboratory technician as required
  • MS or PhD in Chemistry, Material Science, Polymer Chemistry / Science,  Chemical Engineering, or equivalent.
  • Minimum 5 years recent experience working for a coatings manufacturer with the formulation, application, and performance evaluation of general industrial and / or automotive coatings
  • Application development experience, preferably in areas related to general industrial and automotive coatings, as well as the associated application equipment and performance tests
  • Hands-on experience with relevant application techniques preferred
  • Strong oral and written communication skills for customer and internal interactions
  • Experience formulating and evaluating performance benefits when testing new additives.
  • Independent and driven individual with the ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously within a global cross-functional team
  • Experience with project management and leading technical project teams preferred
  • Ability to create networks of experts to leverage external knowledge and develop collaborative programs with key customers and end-users.
  • Experience in identifying unmet needs through interactions with customers and end users
  • Proficient in the planning and execution of designed experiments
  • Broad knowledge of commonly utilized raw materials and competitive products
  • Willingness to undertake challenges to formulate coatings in order to develop an understanding of additive function in a variety of applications

Qualified Candidates should apply online to Requisition 2042


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