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Research Associate - Optics

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Date: Jul 22, 2022

Location: Sunnyvale, CA, US, 94085

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 54713


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:

This position, Research Associate, Optical Design, is in the Applied Physics Research group at Corning’s Technology Center in Sunnyvale CA. The Applied Physics group works with research collaborators, customers, and technology partners to understand the requirements of emerging optical applications and develop novel solutions that can be efficiently manufactured. Our projects are fast-paced, and we expect team members to collaborate closely with other researchers, development and business teams across Corning.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Investigate emerging optical applications. Initiate/support research projects to create new industry-changing product categories leveraging Corning materials and processes
  • Work with customers, partners and team members to determine requirements for new products
  • Identify and evaluate potential system design concepts to meet optical performance targets and satisfy form-factor, environmental and manufacturing constraints.
  • Design, simulate, prototype and test optical systems incorporating novel optical components
  • Invent differentiated components and sub-systems and protect with patents


Required Education:  MS or Ph.D. in Optical or Electrical Engineering, Physics or a related field. 5+ years of experience.


Required skills:

  • Demonstrated experience developing optical systems to meet challenging requirements
  • Knowledge of commercial or custom optical modeling tools based on ray- and physical- optics (such as Zemax, Code V, LightTools, Lumerical FDTD or similar) and familiarity with their limitations
  • Ability to design and build laboratory test systems to verify/troubleshoot system performance
  • Knowledge of programming/scripting tools such as Python, Matlab, Ruby, PERL, C/C++
  • Ability to work collaboratively in multifunctional teams spread over multiple locations
  • Ability to learn new applications quickly and deeply
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills


Travel Requirements: < 20%, domestic and some international travel required (when pandemic conditions permit)


This position supports immigration sponsorship


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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