PhD Process Chemist Ghent South – BE

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Founded in 1920, Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in a material way, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. The company’s innovation-driven growth model takes advantage of world-class technology platforms, deep customer engagement, and differentiated application development to grow its leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. As a globally inclusive and diverse company, Eastman employs approximately 14,500 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2019 revenues of approximately $9.3 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit

Within the Operational Excellence Service department, we currently have a vacancy for a PhD PROCESS CHEMIST with leadership skills

Location: Ghent – Belgium

This is the Role

As process chemist, you will be accountable for leading and contributing to process improvement and quality investigation projects. This is an excellent growth opportunity if you are interested in leading projects and/or project teams.

As process chemist, you

+ identify and resolve quality, consistency and processing issues encountered with new or existing formulations with root cause analysis using statistical analysis tools.

+ identify continuous improvement opportunities and implement changes (scale-up model and procedures, processing etc.)

+ provide engineering support (DOE designs, processing studies, data analysis, formulation/processing recommendations, and test batch) to technical organizations throughout product development to ensure new product launch success.

+ have frequent and direct interaction with Manufacturing, Quality, Engineering, Technology and various support groups.

This is who you are

A well-presented and mature co-worker who is trustworthy and reliable, with a manner which is customer orientated.

You like to work in a team as well as individually, you are self-motivating and innovative in attitude. Additionally, you are a self-starter, you work independently, and have good personal organization skills. Flexibility is a must in this distinctly innovative environment. Candidates should have a positive social attitude.

Required background & qualifications

+ (Bio)-Chemical Engineer PhD degree; first working experience is considered as a plus

+ Broad background in physical properties of polymers, experience in polymer processing of masterbatch formulations is considered as a plus

+ Excellent communication skills verbal and written

+ Good analytical skills and statistical insight

+ High level of initiative and leadership ability

+ Excellent organization and planning skills

+ Experience: Design of Experiment, Minitab, and/or 6-sigma training preferred

+ Willingness to travel as required (max. 10%)

This is what we offer

It’s about growth and your long-term success. At Eastman, your career path can take many routes—each offering growth opportunities, competitive salary and benefits, and a globally growing work environment. Eastman fosters a culture of diversity steeped in teamwork and employee involvement, a place where dedicated individuals turn great ideas into materials that make a difference in everyday life. We support and encourage one another and believe that leveraging diversity in our thoughts and experiences allows us to excel in business.

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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