Senior Optical Engineer | Corning

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, March 23, 2022

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Position Location: 
Corning, NY
Job Description: 

Requisition Number: 51844

Corning Incorporated focuses on building a diverse global workforce where differences are celebrated, and employees feel safe bringing their “whole selves” to work. Our Diversity Network hosts 18 active and distinctive Employee Resource Groups. Employees have access to Allyship resources, podcasts, an internal video channel, digital learning series and trainings, all focused on building and celebrating global diversity and inclusion. Corning has been recognized as a leader in this regard and has been consistently recognized as a national employer of choice.

Scope of Position:

  • You will join a dynamic, cross-functional group that focuses on making new products, processes, and systems a reality by accelerating innovation into manufacturing. Specifically, in this position you will support teams within MT&E and various businesses with optical engineering (design, analysis and as-need consulting) expertise to solve problems or leverage that experience to accelerate and improve the quality of work done by a team. The role is a challenging and rewarding Optical Engineering position poised to deliver impact in emerging and established Divisions.

Day-to-Day Responsibilities:

  • Design optical systems to meet customer specifications, including working with customers and stakeholders to interactively improve systems. This design work may be lens design, stray light mitigations, etc. according to your expertise.
  • Meet with stakeholders to develop system requirements, establish design constraints, and set priorities.
  • Meet with stakeholders to provide guidance and suggestions for solving problems or improving equipment based on optical expertise and SME-level experience.
  • Master new design and analysis tools.
  • Lead brainstorming and other ideation activities related to system design, engineering and measurement technologies.
  • Communicate testing results and project progress to team members, stakeholders, and leadership.
  • Partner with outside suppliers, universities, and contractors to develop novel technologies and instruments, and to industrialize and scale lab prototypes.
  • Capture intellectual property in the form of Invention Disclosures, Research Reports, and Patent Applications.

Education and Years of Experience:

  • MS + 10 years experience, or PhD in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science or related field with 5+ years of experience in Optical Engineering.
  • Experience in Corporate setting is preferred.
  • Candidate should have SME-level expertise in optical engineering

Required Skills:

  • Strong technical expertise in Optical Engineering. Relevant areas of expertise include optical design, stray light analysis, diffractive design and tolerancing as well as a thorough understanding of optics manufacturing.
  • Expertise with optical design/analysis software such as ZEMAX, CODE V, OpTaliX, FRED, PCGrate or similar software
  • Highly motivated and ability to work independently to learn new skills, best practices and master new software tools.
  • Proficiency for problem-solving, critical thinking, and self-evaluation.
  • Ability to manage, prioritize, and execute multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to a diverse technical and non-technical audience, including non-native English speakers.
  • Ability to work effectively in a small matrixed team: be cooperative, flexible, and respectful, communicate constructively, show commitment, and work toward a common goal.
  • Ability to mentor junior engineers in your areas of expertise.
  • Excellent presentation skills.
  • Experience working with external suppliers and customers.
  • Ability to travel to domestic and international locations to support Corning’s global businesses; many significant businesses needs are not in Corning/Painted Post, NY.
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency due to ITAR regulations.


  • Experience with opto-mechanical and/or electro-optic system design, theory, and techniques.
  • Deep understanding of statistical methods: measurement system analysis, design of experiment, error analysis, etc.
  • Experience with Manufacturing Engineering Excellence, Process Excellence, Reliability testing, Six Sigma, and other approaches for framing challenging problems.
  • Project management training and expertise, including managing scope, budget, timeline, and resource priorities.
  • Expertise with SolidWorks or other CAD drawing package.

This position does not support immigration sponsorship.

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.

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


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