Research Scientist - Optical | Corning, Incorporated

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, February 15, 2022

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Position Location: 
Corning, NY
Job Description: 

Requisition Number: 50755

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.

Scope of Position (i.e. projects involved with and role within group): This position is for an Optical Research Scientist working within the Characterization Sciences department of the Science and Technology division. The Optical Properties Laboratory (OPL) utilizes deep understanding of optical principles, concepts, equipment, and metrology to guide fundamental materials research and new product development. We are seeking a candidate having a sound understanding and hands-on experience with design and implementation of ultraviolet through infrared optical metrology techniques. The candidate must have experience and a strong interest in advancing and developing optical measurement methodologies to improve performance and expand capabilities to support a diverse portfolio of research, development, and production activities. This person will work with cross-functional teams conducting experiments to assess the optical properties of materials and relate the measured attributes to improving product design and performance. The candidate is expected to regularly perform optical analyses to characterize materials and develop new methods and optical configurations for non-routine measurements or processes as necessary.

Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Adhere to laboratory safety protocols
  • Regular hands on work within a laboratory environment
  • Serve as a technical subject matter expert for optical metrology
  • Seek understanding of customer/project problem statement to identify technical challenges and needs
  • Identify and implement proper test methods, and develop new methods as required, to evaluate optical properties of materials
  • Collaborate with scientists, engineers, and technicians to design and execute experimental plans to gain fundamental knowledge and address technical challenges
  • Perform data analyses and interpretations
  • Document and communicate results within reports
  • Make recommendations to improve functional performance of materials and processes
  • Collaborate on teams to foster ideation and development of new intellectual property

Travel requirements (please note if international): < 10%

Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time: 40+ hours/week, 8am-5pm, with flexibility

Education and Experience (minimum required for consideration):

Required education: Minimum MS degree in Optical Science, Physics, Materials Science, or related field. Would consider BS degree in relevant field with 5+ years of experience.

Required Skills (These are skills that candidates must possess):

  • Technical subject matter expert in area of optical properties measurements of materials including glass, glass-ceramic, ceramics, thin films, and polymers
  • Extensive experience using UV-IR optical metrology equipment and techniques
  • Experience using free space optics and breadboard components
  • Hands-on experience aligning and operating laser systems
  • Ability to troubleshoot and diagnose equipment issues
  • Ability to work across organizational boundaries from research to manufacturing
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Technically curious, self-motivated, independent, able to work with minimal supervision
  • Proficient using MS Office (i.e. Excel, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint).

Desired Skills (these are the skills that would be nice for candidates to possess):

  • Strong knowledge of material science and ability to relate with optical properties
  • Ability to design effective experiments and perform statistical analyses
  • Experience in industrial research and development
  • Proficient in optical measurement methodologies for visual attributes (i.e. color, haze, gloss), refractometry and interferometry
  • Programming experience for equipment interfacing and data processing (i.e. LabVIEW, Python, C, MATLAB, etc.)
  • Optical modeling knowledge and experience (i.e. LightTools, Zemax, etc.)
  • Customer facing interaction and communication skills/experience
  • Industrial/manufacturing experience is a plus
  • 6-Sigma or other quality control training is a plus

Soft Skills (Communication/Team/Leadership):

  • Team player who contributes to an environment of respect and collaboration
  • Desire to participate within a diverse team environment
  • Coaches and mentors others in area(s) of expertise
  • Excellent communication (both verbal and written) and presentation skills
  • Self-starter, independent problem solver and learner
  • Strong work ethics
  • Strong organization and time management skills
  • Able to organize and efficiently handle multiple tasks
  • Able to adapt to frequently changing priorities

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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