Research Scientist, Optical Physics Modeling | Corning, Incorporated

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, February 15, 2022

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Position Location: 
Corning, NY
Job Description: 

Requisition Number: 52954

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:

The Research Scientist is responsible for advancing through modeling and simulation the fundamental understanding of optical phenomena and interaction of light with various materials, in support of Corning products and manufacturing processes. The candidate must have an in-depth knowledge of optical physics, with expertise in mathematics and numerical computations. The role requires excellent communication skills, oral and written, and effective interaction with Research, Development and Engineering personnel in a team setting.

Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Develop theoretical understanding and implement models in close conjunction with experiments, to research the fundamentals of optical phenomena in glass components, textured surfaces, thin film structures, and optical devices.
  • Analyze optical physics application problems, propose and implement models to identify potential solutions, define suitable operating conditions, and optimize designs.
  • Propose and develop measurement techniques to obtain the necessary information to accurately model the system of interest.
  • Validate modeling results with measured data by collaborating with experimentalists.
  • Attend project meetings, provide input based on modeling and interpret the results to address real-world problems.
  • Document critical results in technical reports and patent applications.

Travel Requirements: Expected travel time <10% (domestic and international)

Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time: 40 hours per week, 8am-5pm business hours, some flexibility is required

Required Education: PhD in optical sciences, physics, or closely related discipline

Required Years and Area of Experience: 1+ years of experience in optical physics modeling and simulation.

Required Skills:

  • Broad knowledge of optics, experience with simulations of optical systems using raytracing and wave-propagation methods.
  • Modeling of display system optical components, such as backlight units, LCD and OLED panels, and emissive display elements.
  • Experience in modeling scattering of light in optical systems and components.
  • Sound understanding of numerical techniques such as finite element and finite-difference time-domain methods.
  • Experience in scientific computing and code development.
  • Working experience with industry-standard numerical simulation tools used in optical modeling, e.g. LightTools, Zemax, Lumerical, Comsol, Rsoft.

Desired Skills:

  • Modeling of light management and extraction in emissive display panels.
  • Working knowledge of computational physics and mathematical algorithms.
  • Strong programming skills in Python, Matlab, C/C++.
  • Familiarity with software engineering practices, version control, test suites.
  • Knowledge of Linux operating system.

Soft Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a diverse team.
  • Proactive and solution-oriented problem solver.
  • Dedication to excellence, and advancing the state-of-the-art.

This position supports visa assistance

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