Post Doc- Mechanical Optical Scientist/Engineer | Corning

Date Posted: 
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Position Location: 
Painted Post, NY
Job Description: 

Corning is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics, creating and manufacturing keystone components that enable high-technology systems.

Corning’s history is filled with breakthrough technologies that have played an important role in the way the world works. We thrive on solving difficult, commercially relevant problems through an innovative and collaborative research and development process. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, more than 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, and a distinctive collaborative culture.

A world leader in industrial research and development, Corning staunchly believes in change. We thrive on seeking new opportunities to make a difference for mankind and bringing them to life.

Our dedicated scientists conduct their research with the highest integrity, finely tuned processes and superb skill. Breakthroughs occur when our researchers leverage existing technologies across product lines or come as the result of a profound moment of inspiration or even as an unexpected, experimental outcome. That is when research is at its most exciting.

We do everything possible to sustain our culture of innovation. We continually invest in research and development to provide our scientists with the resources they need. This has enabled our scientific community to develop a unique ability to solve complex problems and maintain a keen focus on things that really matter -- technologies that improve our lives and change our world.

R&D is the foundation on which Corning’s history has been built, and we have no doubt it will lead us to future technological triumphs.

Scope of Position:

Brings the perspective of mechanical and stress field analysis to the understanding of material properties and builds on improving the equipment to collect data for the analysis. This key understanding of the optical principles behind the measurements will be vital to insure proper application and reporting of results.

Uses the principles and theories of science and engineering, especially utilizing mathematics and physics, to provide technical support to engineers involved in the application of optical and electro-optical systems and components. Works on assignments that are complex in nature where considerable judgment and initiative are required in resolving problems and making recommendations. Person utilizes key understanding of the optical principles behind the measurements to insure proper application and reporting of results.

Day to Day Responsibilities:

Full range of responsibilities include, hands-on measurements, analysis of raw data and analytical application of mechanical models as well as, planning experiments and developing / designing improvements to equipment and processes.

Day to day activities include:

  • Interact with Corning “internal” customers to determine best techniques to help them achieve their goal to better understand a process or solve a problem 
  • Communication: face-to-face; presentations; e-mail 
  • Interact with lab technicians in SMaM and other Corning labs 
  • Develop / improve / document :  processes / methodologies / equipment 

Travel Requirements:  <10%, possibly international

Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time: 40 hrs a week, flex-time available

Required Education: Ph.D.

Required Skills:

  • Working understanding of polarized light to measure stress in glass, retardation, Stokes Vector, Mueller Matrix 
  • Working understanding of mechanics of stress fields, Mohr's circle, Cauchy stress tensor 
  • Working understanding of Glass properties, Stress Optic Coefficient, CTE, Young’s Modulus, Poisson’s Ratio 
  • Working use of MS Office tools, Word, Power Point, Excel 
  • Excellent communication skills 

Desired Skills:

  • Basic Optical systems understanding, field of view, magnification, depth of field, circle of confusion 
  • Advanced Excel, indirect references, lookup, pivot tables 
  • Computer Programming (Dot Net, LabView) 
  • lectronic Circuits (read schematics) 

Soft Skills (Communication/Team/Leadership):

  • Quick Study, loves to learn 
  • Must work well with others on the team and Corning 
  • Teaching / Team Leading 

EOE/AA including Veterans and Disabled.


Contact Patricia Harper with any questions, and apply for the position here.