Optical Development Scientist | Corning, Incorporated

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, February 15, 2022

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Position Location: 
Corning, NY
Job Description: 

Requisition Number: 51725

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.

At Corning, our growth is fueled by a commitment to innovation. We succeed through sustained investment in research & development, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges. We are a four-time National Medal of Technology winner thanks to our technology leadership and R&D environment, which attract and enable the best scientific minds in the world. This pipeline of talent has brought life-changing innovation to your fingertips for more than 160 years.

Position Description:

The Optical Development Scientist will support the Advanced Optics Aerospace and Defense (A&D) business in development of new electro-optical products and associated processes, and be the key resource to drive and enhance the collaboration between the Corning (NY)-based R&D teams and the Keene (NH)-based Engineering organization

Responsibilities:

  • Understand and participate in the A&D technology road-mapping activities, and help define technology direction for the business
  • Assess gaps in the A&D portfolio based on customer needs and/or competitive benchmarking, and assist in developing business technology strategy to address
  • Interface with the optics and materials R&D teams in Corning, NY, to understand applicability of new technology and innovation to address critical gaps in the A&D product line
  • Act as the primary technology interface and promote collaboration between the R&D teams and the Keene (NH) engineering organization
  • Lead early-stage programs to develop and deliver electro-optics products and processes by leveraging design concepts in geometrical and physical optics
  • Apply fundamental knowledge of free-space optics and concepts such as diffraction, etendue, Helmholtz reciprocity, etc. for optical design
  • Fulfill needs in A&D products for specification and application of electronic and electro-optical components and systems, such as power supplies, interconnects, photon counting cameras, servo systems and navigation components (such as GPS systems)
  • Support the plant engineering and manufacturing organizations in transfer and trouble-shooting new products and processes by using technical knowledge and robust metrology tools
  • Collaborate with the commercial team to develop value proposition, generate white papers, and support technical interactions with customers
  • Stay abreast of technical trends and developments in the A&D industry by attending appropriate trade-shows and conferences

Education: Ph.D. or equivalent in Optics, Physics, Engineering or Astronomy

Experience and skills:

  • 5+ year experience in design and/or development of electro-optic products
  • Knowledge and experience in A&D industry and associated technologies preferred but not required
  • Strong depth and breadth across optics and electronics, and ability to interface with other technology SME’s (mechanical, materials, reliability, etc.)
  • Understanding of surface metrology instruments and optical fabrication techniques such as polishing and diamond turning
  • Optical testing including Zernike and Seidel aberrations and their measurement
  • Deep understanding of spectroscopy and spectrometer
  • Proficiency in Code V, Zemax, Light Tools, or similar ray-tracing software
  • Experience in design and simulation of diffraction grating – RCWA, FDTD, etc.
  • Well-versed in SolidWorks, Alibre, AutoCad or similar software
  • Ability to use Matlab, MathCad, C++ or similar tools for mathematical analysis
  • Strong technical curiosity, problem solving, and desire to seek out answers and solutions
  • Demonstrated track record of cross-functional collaboration and delivery of innovative technologies
  • Solid organization skills and ability to communicate at all levels of the organization (written and oral)
  • Comfortable in working in an ambiguous environment

Travel: Up to 30% travel for this role, primarily domestic, to Keene, NH and to customer sites

Others:

  • Required to sign a covenant not to compete
  • Preferred: US Citizenship or US Permanent Residence

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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