Scientist, Optics | Corning Incorporated

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

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Position Location: 
Painted Post, NY
Job Description: 

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 engineer or physicist to join our nano-scale optics research laboratory. Our lab focuses on investigating the interaction of light and structured optical materials and their applications in various fields such as optical communications, display technologies, augmented and virtual reality and others. We constantly add to our experimental capabilities, which today include measurement benches for nano-waveguides, structured optical surfaces, optical fibers and various linear and nonlinear optics experiments. In this role, the candidate will work with senior scientists in research projects and be responsible to design, build and conduct new experiments, including programming to collect, process and interpret data. The candidate will also assist in maintaining an organized laboratory environment including inventory management, instrument calibration, ordering of supplies, and maintaining detailed experimental records. The ideal candidate should have basic training in optics (free space and fiber optics), electronics, opto-mechanical systems and programming. We are looking for someone with positive attitude and ready to be a team player.

Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates with team members as well as colleagues from other departments and be active member of our research projects;
  • Work with and assist senior scientists to design, set-up, program and conduct experiments in optics;
  • Document experimental procedures, results and data analysis. Support writing of internal research reports, invention disclosures and journal and conference publications;
  • Maintain an organized and safe laboratory environment, including inventory management, instrument calibration, ordering of supplies, and experimental records

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

Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time: 40 hours/week

Education and Experience (minimum required for consideration): BS in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics and Optical engineering. Master’s degree in related areas is highly desirable.

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

  • Basic training in optics (free space and fiber), electronics, opto-mechanical systems and programming;
  • Hands-on experience in building and executing experiments;
  • Programming skills (Python, Matlab) or other lab automation techniques;
  • Ability to summarize, analyze, document and present results. Attention to detail;

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

  • Knowledge of, and hands-on experiences in applying first disciplines in designing and prototyping and implementing process automation;
  • Knowledge of electronics, wiring, soldering, RF amplifier;
  • Knowledge of data acquisition system, such as oscilloscope, DAC/ADC;
  • Knowledge of micro-mechanics, such as piezo-drive, stepper motor, linear motor;
  • Knowledge with precision alignment and substrate preparation, such as cleaning and handling;

Soft Skills (Communication/Team/Leadership):

  • Be curious, interested, self-motivated and team player;
  • Independence, requiring minimal day-to-day supervision;
  • Problem solving and troubleshooting skills;
  • Effective interpersonal skills, respect and appreciation for those with different ideas;
  • Embrace diversity in a cross culture global organization;
  • Can effectively deal with changes and uncertainty in a research environment

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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