Scientist, Optics | Corning, Incorporated

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, February 15, 2022

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Position Location: 
Painted Post, NY
Job Description: 

Internal Corning Employees are provided the opportunity to review global job openings for potential interest. However, they are encouraged to do so with the understanding that whether or not they will be considered a candidate for positions located outside their geographic area (city, country, region) will depend on a number of factors such as the availability of local subject matter expertise or qualified talent, the need to obtain and availability of work authorization, costs associated with internal transfer, etc. It will be the decision of the hiring organization whether to permit employees applying outside the local area where the opening exists to be considered a candidate for that opening. It is recommended employees wishing to apply for job openings at Corning make their supervisor aware of their interest before formally applying.

Corning is one of the world's leading innovators in materials science, with a 170-year track record of life-changing inventions. We apply our unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramics science, and optical physics, along with deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities, to develop category-defining products that transform industries and enhance people's lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in RD&E, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and deep, trust-based relationships with customers who are global leaders in their industries. We remain steadfast to a core set of Values that defines our relationship with employees, customers, and our communities as we expand into new markets or product opportunities. We are presently recruiting talented and imaginative individuals with backgrounds in laser physics or optical engineering that share our Values and excitement for discovery to join our global research organization centered in upstate New York.

Scope of Position (i.e. projects involved with and role within group): The successful candidate would work in the Laser Processing Research (LPR) department within the Applied Optical Physics directorate in Corning’s Research and Development Division. LPR leverages deep understanding of lasers sources, material science, machine learning, precision engineering, and optics to enable scalable manufacturable processes for current and future products ranging from fiber optics, photonic devices, quantum systems, pharmaceuticals, and Gorilla Glass. We seek optical engineers or applied physicists to combine optical physics and engineering principles to develop innovative laser-based micro-machining processes. Relevant experience includes optical design, laser systems, photonic systems, and software controls.

Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Integrate optical components onto workstations designed for laser micro-machining (ablating, cutting, welding, etc.)
  • Specify and integrate controls and diagnostic tools for monitoring and optimizing laser processes
  • Propose and execute new research concepts to advance fundamental understanding of light-matter interactions
  • Collaborate with colleagues to develop and execute experiment plans
  • Document system designs and new insights in reports and invention disclosures
  • Build subject matter expertise in optics, materials, and laser processes; consult with commercial peers in various business units

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

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

Required Skills (These are skills that candidates must possess)

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of optics and optical properties of materials
  • Practical experience designing and executing experimental optics
  • Demonstrated experience in numerical analysis techniques
  • Strong problem solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Education and Experience

Required education:

  • BS degree in Optics, Physics, Electrical Engineering (>3 yr. work or military experience)
  • MS degree in Optics, Physics, Electrical Engineering

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

  • Working knowledge of light-matter interactions
  • Experience controlling laboratory equipment
  • Practical experience using CAD or design software
  • Experience using commercial optical modeling software packages

Soft Skills (Communication/Team/Leadership)

  • Ability to prioritize tasks across multiple projects
  • Passion for discovery and learning new technologies
  • Embrace diversity in a cross-culture, global organization

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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