Senior Applications Engineer

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Date: Apr 9, 2024

Location: Fairport, NY, US, 14450

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 62190


Corning is vital to progress – in the industries we help shape and in the world we share.

We invent life-changing technologies using materials science. Our scientific and manufacturing expertise, boundless curiosity, and commitment to purposeful invention place us at the center of the way the world interacts, works, learns, and lives.Our sustained investment in research, development, and invention means we’re always ready to solve the toughest challenges alongside our customers. 

Corning’s businesses are ever evolving to best serve our customers, industries, and consumers. Today, we accelerate and transform life sciences, mobile consumer electronics, optical communications, display, and automotive markets. We are changing the world with: 

  • Trusted products that accelerate drug discovery, development, and delivery to save lives
  • Damage-resistant cover glass to enhance the devices that keep us connected
  • Optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions to carry information and ideas at the speed of life
  • Precision glass for advanced displays to deliver richer experiences 
  • Auto glass and ceramics to drive cleaner, safer, and smarter transportation 


Purpose of Position:

This position is responsible for providing technical customer support and gaining deep applications understanding of key accounts for Corning’s Precision Optics business acting as the interface between internal engineering teams and the customer.



  • Bachelor’s degree (BS) in Physics, Optical Engineering, or related discipline (Master’s degree (MS) in Optics or Engineering or Material Science preferred)
  • 3-5 years of relevant work experience in applications or product engineering role
  • Knowledge of semiconductor or related industry, preferably in a customer supporting role Required
  • Excellent internal/external communication and presentation skills with the ability to articulate complex technical ideas, tailoring communication to given audience.
  • Demonstrated ability to conceptualize complex specification and application requirements and articulate to internal/external stakeholders to initiate new product development or implement product changes.
  • Ability to coordinate effectively within internal cross functional teams within a matrix organization.
  • Customer oriented with a strong desire to problem solving.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Strong fundamental understanding of optics and optical systems.
  • Familiarity with semiconductor inspection equipment.
  • Experience handling effective specification negotiations.
  • Knowledge of reliability engineering as well as product and process change management.
  • Ability to engage and build relationships with different levels of internal and external organization.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience managing a globally based and multi-disciplinary team.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop deep understanding of Corning’s precision optics products, including critical product specifications, manufacturing processes with a focus on customer integration and use cases.
  • Utilize optics background to dive into customer applications, understand challenges and product requirements as well as technology roadmaps to identify new business opportunities.
  • Evaluate new inquiries against existing capabilities, working closely with engineering and development, leverage internal subject matter experts and coordinate with cross-functional teams as needed.
  • Work collaboratively with global customer account and business/regional leaders to develop relationships within customer’s engineering, development, and operations organizations to advance Corning’s business position, increase customer satisfaction and collect market intelligence to ensure long term growth.
  • Work actively with internal operations, engineering, and development groups to represent or interpret the VOC and identify win-win strategies in support of cost, lead time reduction, and performance improvements.
  • Analyze and articulate product performance including reliability, yields, risk assessments to improve business performance. Requires leading efforts to develop new methodologies, collect and interpret data, and report out to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Provide technical support to the customer in response to product or process change requests, quality issues, and operational escalations in a timely manner.
  • Support and/or lead new/next-generation development projects.



Up to 25% – Both domestic and international.


This position does not support immigration sponsorship.


The range for this position is $89,719.00 - $123,364.00.  Starting pay for the successful applicant is dependent on a variety of job-related factors, including but not limited to geographic location, market demands, experience, training, and education. The benefits available for this position include medical, dental, vision, 401(k) plan, pension plan, life insurance coverage, disability benefits, and PTO.


Corning Puts YOU First! 

We are committed to supporting your health, financial, career development, and life goals as you grow professionally and personally to achieve your highest potential. All benefits begin as soon as you start your career at Corning. 

  • Our monetary peer-to-peer recognition program is tied to our Values and celebrates you and your colleagues’ contributions. 
  • Health and well-being benefits include medical, dental, vision, paid parental leave, mental health/substance use, fitness, and disease management programs.  
  • Financial benefits include a 401(k) savings plan with company matching contributions and a 100% company-paid pension benefit that grows steadily throughout your career. 
  • Companywide bonus and attractive short- and long-term compensation programs are available based on your role and responsibilities.   
  • Professional development programs help you grow and achieve your career goals.


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. To request an accommodation, please contact us at

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