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Research Chemist

  • Kodak
  • Columbus, GA, United States
  • May 09, 2019

Job Description

Job Description:

Eastman Kodak Company is looking for a Research Chemist to join our growing team in Columbus, GA in printing plate manufacturing. This individual must have their Ph.D. or Masters of Science in Chemistry or Materials Science.

Kodak offers a unique opportunity to contribute to the resurgence of an iconic global company. We combine the strength of a brand that is recognized and beloved around the world with the excitement and entrepreneurial spirit of a start-up. We are focused on the future and looking for professionals with energy, ideas and ambition to help us take next steps in our transformation. We?re building a culture which values creativity in all its forms, having a global perspective, a focus on sustainability, and the trust we?ve earned over decades of building strong relationships. Kodak has a rich heritage of leadership and innovation, but is also, in many ways, reinventing itself. Kodak is truly a place where you can make a difference.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for R&D project activities including development of materials, processes and printing plate technology for timely introduction to the Print Systems Division (PSD) of Kodak.
  • Investigate, develop, and document new technology including proprietary technology for printing plates.
  • Actively maintain and promote the highest EHS standards and contribute to EHS process improvements and their implementation.
  • Monitor, maintain and improve working practices in line with best practice to enhance performance.
  • Contribute to identification and evaluation of technology trends, and NPD and technology strategy.


  • Plan, allocate resources, and evaluate projects.
  • Plan own project resource requirements.
  • Highlight local resource conflicts when identified.
  • Contribute to resolution of resource conflicts


  • Develop self to enhance performance.
  • Create, maintain, and enhance effective working relationships across technical and non-technical staff.
  • Ensure self and teams meet required EHS standards.
  • Contribute to recruitment and selection of personnel.

Training and Development

  • Undertake the education, training, and mentorship of new team members as needed.
  • Identify and implement measures to improve performance.
  • Learn printing plate technology, manufacturing process, and customer usage.
  • Stay up-to-date on modern instrumental and chemical knowledge.


  • Apply written and verbal communication skills to gain team commitment through the effective use of ideas, data and analytical results.
  • Carefully document, collate, and report progress for own project work to disseminate to worldwide team.
  • Make and support recommendations and decisions to meet R&D project goals.
  • Actively seek to utilize expertise and learning across all R&D projects.
  • Monitor, maintain and develop Intellectual Property to support the business.
  • Develop expertise in industry, technical, and functional areas key to the business through effective use of published sources such as patents, journals, conference proceedings etc.

Key Characteristics of the Job:

Knowledge and Experience Required:

  • Ph.D. or Master of Science in Chemistry or Materials Science, plus equivalent experience
  • Ability to use and interpret results from a variety of analytical instruments (GPC, GC/MS, FTIR, etc.)
  • Basic competency in organic synthesis
  • Preferred experience in surface chemistry
  • Must be willing and able to travel internationally for up to one month a year for the first few years in this role

Organizational Role

  • Likely to be lead scientist on R&D projects and/or sub-project teams.
  • Will report to onsite supervisor, as well as worldwide PSD R&D organization.
  • Regular contact with other departments, especially quality and engineering teams locally.
  • Regular contact with Kodak?s Rochester labs as well as international communication with PSD R&D groups in Germany, Japan, and China.
  • Likely to routinely tackle technically demanding projects, and to contribute information across multiple projects being led by others.

Interpersonal Skills

  • Advisor in area of expertise.
  • May have external contacts with technical community.
  • Able to lobby, influence and reason with key parties within Columbus and other departments within Kodak to reach mutual agreement on a course of action.
  • Communication across multiple continents will be commonplace and expected.
  • Ability to break down complex chemical concepts to simpler language to assist non-technical staff in decision-making.

Freedom to Act

  • Guidance given by manager on priorities.
  • Freedom to approach problems with creative application of chemistry knowledge.
  • Advises on resource requirements, contributes to resolution of local resource conflicts.
  • Explores cost-saving concepts and measures.
  • Reasonable resources permitted to explore completely new concepts and ideas.
  • Will not be intensively managed, a self starter is necessary.

Thinking, Challenging

  • Considerable variety of new technologies and problem situations.
  • Able to create new, original solutions.
  • Seeks effective solutions through use of all available resources and tools.
  • Demonstrates reasoned, sound technical judgement in problem solving and prioritization of approaches used to meet objectives.


  • Provides significant contribution to achieving Columbus R&D goals, as well as worldwide R&D goals.
  • Contribute across wide range of R&D and engineering projects, either as a leader or team member.


  • Unlimited vacation policy. Vacation time approved by manager on case by case basis.
  • Competitive salary
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • 401(k) and cash balance plan