Process Control and Optimization Position @ Eastman Chemical Company

Eastman Chemical has announced a new position of interest for the PSE community. Their announcement is below:

Eastman Chemical Company has an opening in the Advanced Controls Technology group – a corporate group based in Kingsport, Tennessee.  This is an opportunity for a Chemical Engineering Ph.D. who has a research background and interest in process control and/or optimization. 

To apply:

If you would like more information about the position, feel free to contact Stephen Miller at

Position Overview

The Advanced Controls Technology group is part of Eastman’s Process Engineering Department and is responsible for:

  • Designing control strategies for new processes
  • Improving control strategies for and/or performance of existing assets
  • Developing and implementing new process control and/or optimization technologies 

The employee would be involved in each of those facets of the group’s work. 

Typical job responsibilities include:

  • Develop and implement advanced control solutions for existing and new chemical operations
  • Develop models of chemical processes to provide insights for control improvements, plant tests, experimental process operation, etc.
  • Perform mathematical analysis of chemical process data to assess control and/or process performance
  • Collaborate with others to develop new concepts and tools for process control and optimization, to demonstrate feasibility and value, and to translate that work into practical application 
  • Stay abreast of academic developments in the process control and/or optimization fields


  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, with research focus in the area of process control and/or optimization.
  • The applicant must be able to work well in a group/team environment and have excellent communication skills.
  • Strong math and computer background, preferably with substantial coursework in advanced control and/or optimization techniques.
  • Experience in the application of process control and/or optimization technology in the chemical industry is a plus.

About Eastman

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. 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.

Thomas A. Adams II

Professor of Energy and Process Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).