Senior Research Scientist - Product Performance & Reliability

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Date: Jun 8, 2023

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 59758


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. 


Scope of Position:

Lead efforts to anticipate and mitigate failure modes of materials, design, and process in product development initiatives. Collaborate with research, development, manufacturing, commercial, and other teams to understand the opportunity, describe solution concepts, and identify failure modes by assessing concept functionality and how well it meets the needs of the opportunity. Define testing to characterize functionality and validate reliability via failure rate calculations/ modeling/ life predictions. Develop technical insight into root cause and make recommendations to improve performance. Ensure problems are addressed for efficient development of robust products and processes with fewer failure modes and longer life-times across a range of technologies.



  • Collaborate with scientists and customers to understand and address the technical design parameters that drive product performance.
  • Determine if the products meet the requirements and provide guidance on optimization.
  • Ensure that the process delivers the design intent.
    • Understand requirements and potential solution concept(s) and lead assessments on the design and process to identify concerns and key needs.
    • Use the assessments to define customized programs to prioritize and address key needs.
    • Lead the team through the defined program.
    • Develop and lead an experimental and characterization strategy to yield deeper insight and make materials/ design/ process recommendations.
    • Use technical skills to lead Root Cause Analysis/ Problem Solving & Corrective Action activities; interacting with technical experts as required for failure analysis, and problem solving; explore broad solution space.
  • Complete statistical data analysis and interpretation to enable understanding and guidance on activities.
  • Create and execute experimental plans (DOE) to generate data for life predictions/models using understanding of failure modes and accelerants, and statistical/mathematical predictive modeling skills. Leverage/create software as needed. Develop/communicate risk assessments.
  • Clear communication of plans, updates, and recommendations to appropriate personnel.


Required Skills:

  • Understands technology - can lead design assessments and facilitate discussions
  • Statistics/Data Analysis
  • Experimental skills – test methods execution and ability to improve
  • Physics of Failure/ Material property knowledge
  • Familiarity with reliability methods (QFD, FMEA, RCA, FTA, Life predictions, etc.)
  • Results & detail oriented, Rigorous, Self-motivated, Flexible, Multi-tasking, Leadership, Honesty
  • Ability to work successfully across organizations: research, development, manufacturing, commercial
  • Critical thinking/ problem solving with ability to make connections with broad knowledge of materials, physical properties, test methods and failure mechanisms.
  • Excellent communication skills – verbal and written


Preferred Skills:

  • Broad material/ chemistry/ mechanics/ experience
  • Advanced reliability and probability theory; statistics & stochastic processes; complex math modeling & data analytics; Optimization
  • Failure rate predictions/ life models; recommend screens/ demonstration tests.
  • Reliability Engineering
  • Environmental stress testing methodology knowledge (temp, humidity, power, mechanical, vibration, HALT, HASS, etc.)
  • Brittle Material, Glass and Ceramics knowledge
  • Working knowledge of characterization techniques – how to apply and interpret results
  • Evaluation of multi-material system reliability from a systems perspective.


Education and Experience:

  • A Technical Master’s degree is preferred or bachelor’s with appropriate experience.
  • Looking for at least 5 years’ experience in a product/process development type role.


Soft Skills:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication/presentation skills, ranging from communicating with teams, management to sophisticated outside customers.
  • Strong facilitation and collaboration skills to enable leading of teams through ambiguous evaluations.
  • Eclectic background drawing on a diverse history of knowledge, deep understanding of many materials and multi-material systems and technologies.


This position supports immigration sponsorship.


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. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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