Development Scientist | Corning, Inc

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

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Position Location: 
Corning, NY
Job Description: 

Requisition Number: 54580

Corning is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives.

Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges.

Purpose of the Position:

The candidate will work on projects within the Component and Systems Development group of the Corning Optical Communications Applied Research and Development department. These projects apply our group’s expertise in optics, lasers sources, material science and precision mechanical engineering in early to mid-stage development of optical systems, optical components and manufacturing processes. The candidate will design, model, assemble, analyze and test optical and photonic components and systems. The candidate will conduct research and development into phases of physical optics, geometric optics, optical waveguides, fiber-optics, optical cables, optical connectors, lasers and laser material processing. The candidate should be a scientist or engineer capable of combining optical physics and engineering principles to develop innovative complex optical systems and/or processes.

Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Adhere to laboratory safety protocols.
  • Design optical and photonic components and systems based on requirements from a voice of customer analysis.
  • Develop component specifications, tolerances, simulations, and tests procedures for optical and photonic components.
  • Identify sources for, and procure, components including sensors, lasers, fiber-optics, opto-mechanics, and electronics.
  • Assemble or supervise and manage the assembly of prototypes.
  • Use design-to-cost models, six sigma methodology and other methods to assure optical design requirements are met.
  • Design and execute experiments to solve complex problems.
  • Build subject matter expertise in optics, materials, and laser processes.
  • Consult or collaborate with other subject matter experts across various business units, from research to manufacturing.
  • Document system designs and results; generate reports and file invention disclosures.
  • Make technical internal and external presentations to team members, customers and at conferences.
  • Lab organization and the ordering of components or equipment.

Education & Experience:

  • Ph.D. preferred in physics or optical or electrical engineering or master’s degree and 2 years of relevant experience.

Required Skills:

  • Strong working knowledge of optics, optical properties of materials, fiber optics and laser systems.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Effective communicator, oral and written, in a variety of presentation settings: one-on-one, small, and large groups, with peers, direct reports and management.
  • Strong hands-on experimental skills in building free-space optical, fiber-optic. and photonic systems.
  • Measurement of optical, fiber-optic, and photonic systems.
  • Ability to perform complex data analysis.

Desired Skills:

  • Working knowledge of optical metrology systems such as laser confocal microscopes and optical interferometers.
  • Working knowledge of light-matter interactions.
  • General understanding of radiometry and photometry.
  • Working knowledge of electronics.
  • Automation of measurement systems (using Labview, MATLAB, Python, etc.).
  • Mechanical design and assembly of prototypes.
  • Experience in numerical analysis techniques including optical modeling or beam propagation methods.

Soft Skills (Communication/Team/Leadership):

  • Good time management and organizational skills including the ability to prioritize tasks across multiple projects.
  • Passion for discovery and learning.
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity, change and uncertainty.
  • Strong technical networking skills across organizational boundaries.
  • Ability to focus on customers’ needs and deliver results.
  • Must be a team player while also being able to work independently, requiring minimal day-to-day supervision.

Travel Requirements (please note if international): Comfortable with traveling up to 25% domestic or international. 

Hours of work/work schedule/flextime: Full-time (40 hours per week) / Day shift

This position does not support immigration sponsorship.

We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected status.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.


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