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Defects Mineralogy Geologist

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Date: Nov 18, 2021

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 45964



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.


We are seeking out dedicated engineers and technicians who strive to see their work make a difference! If you have a passionate belief in the power of innovation to change the world; if you rate your own success by how many people are touched by your research; and if you are up to the challenge of doing world-class science to make real, profitable advanced materials, then Corning is the place for you.


Corning Incorporated focuses on building a diverse global workforce where differences are celebrated, and employees feel safe bringing their “whole selves” to work. Our Diversity Network hosts 18 active and distinctive Employee Resource Groups. Employees have access to Allyship resources, podcasts, an internal video channel, digital learning series and trainings, all focused on building and celebrating global diversity and inclusion. Corning has been recognized as a leader in this regard and has been consistently recognized as a national employer of choice.


Scope of Position:

  • You will apply your knowledge of glass and ceramics composition/properties, mineralogy and crystallography to effectively analyze, identify, and describe defects and testing results of production and experimental samples. Your passion and experience will serve all existing businesses. Projects will range from initial research through manufacturing. As part of the team, you will serve as one of a flexible base of resources and knowledge-holders which facilitates rapid solution development and emphasizes strong technical competence. The team of microscopy and mineralogy experts, will investigate process and product interactions in glass and ceramic research, development, and manufacturing.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Drive root cause understanding to improve yield, extend asset life, reduce costs, improve product attributes and enable new products.
  • Understand microscopic defects and material properties and their impact on Corning’s products and processes.
  • Maintain high quality scientific principles, including the use of statistics, structured problem-solving methods and regimented analytical protocols
  • Hands-on sample preparation of defects in specimens
  • Optical microscopic data analysis for glass liquidus behavior
  • Employ analytical methods to identify defect and determine root cause, such as petrography, electron microscopy, 3D X-ray Tomography, X-ray Fluorescence, Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy, X-ray Diffraction and more.
  • Document all results in internal, structured reports.
  • Manage workload to ensure optimal turnaround and experimental efficiency.
  • Measure and communicate performance against objectives.


Travel Requirements:

  • Your travel will be up to 10% travel both domestic and international


Required Education:

  • At least B.S., preferred M.S. in Geology, or Glass, Materials or Ceramic Engineering


Required Skills:

  • Having hands on experience (petrographic microscopy, SEM, EDX, etc.) and knowledge of microscopic lab tools (microprobe, SIMS, ICPMS, FTIR, etc.)
  • Knowledge of mineralogy and petrography
  • Strong communication skills to enable collaboration with scientists and engineers
  • Desire to work hands-on in a lab environment
  • Problem solving skills
  • Ability to assimilate quickly and produce valuable results
  • Proven strong interpersonal skills and the ability to establish relationships with customers, suppliers, and co-workers


Desired Skills:

  • Glass, ceramics, process engineering basics
  • Statistical analysis
  • Strong multi-tasker


This position does support immigration sponsorship.


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.


We prohibit discrimination based on race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteran status or any other legally protected status.


Nearest Major Market: Corning