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Defects and Mineralogy Engineer

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Date: Aug 4, 2022

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 56686


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.

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.


Scope of position: applying knowledge of glass and ceramics composition/properties, mineralogy and crystallography to effectively analyze, identify, and describe the crystallization and defect propensity of Corning Inc products. This corporate engineering role serves all businesses. Team members support projects ranging from initial research through stage 5 manufacturing. The organization serves a flexible base of resources and knowledge which facilitates rapid solution development and emphasizes strong technical competence. A team of microscopy and mineralogy experts, they investigate process and product interactions in glass & ceramic research, development, and manufacturing.


Day to Day Responsibilities: • Understand microscopic defects and material properties and their impact on Corning’s products and processes • Drive root cause understanding to improve yield, extend asset life, reduce costs, improve product attributes and enable new products • Develop laboratory testing regimen and process simulations to extend knowledge base and prove/disprove hypotheses • Manage workload to ensure optimal turnaround and experimental efficiency • Protect Corning’s intellectual property by filing invention disclosures for patent application in timely fashion as applicable • Document all results in internal, structured reports • Maintain high quality engineering principles, including the use of statistics, structured problem solving methods and regimented analytical protocols • Measure and communicate performance against objectives In addition to the managerial function, this position includes working as a technical contributor on projects, as well as a member of the Materials/Melting/Mineralogy, Materials Engineering, Metallurgy, and Thermal Process Engineering staffs, and of the Thermal & Materials Engineering extended staff.


Travel Requirements: 10-15%, project based, some international Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time: Flex time; typical 8:00 – 5:00; Monday – Friday. Some projects may require additional hours.


Required Skills: • Strong communication skills to enable collaboration with scientists, engineers, and technicians • Ability to assimilate quickly and produce valuable results • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with customers, suppliers, and co-workers • Problem solving skills. Some experience in lab testing design. • Some experience in the fields of crystallization, glass research, development or manufacturing. • Familiar with Engineering Excellence tool and comfortable engaging with project work Desired Skills: • Functional management experience • Glass, ceramics, process engineering basics • Hands on experience (SEM, EDX, optical microscopy , etc.) and knowledge of microscopic lab tools (microprobe, SIMS, ICPMS, FTIR, etc. • Desire to work in a lab environment • Statistics, data analysis, design of experiments • Innovative and creative • Strong multi-tasker • Business savvy and competence Soft Skills: • Strong communication skills, able to work across boundaries at all levels of the organization • Ability to influence, guide, and mentor • Able to foster a diverse and inclusive environment built on credibility, transparency, openness, and trust • Flexible and adaptable • Strong networking skills • Able to work independently as well as be part of a team or lead a team • Sense of urgency • Results oriented • Positive attitude Education and Experience: • Technical degree(BS, MS or PhD) – materials, glass, or ceramic engineering, geology or similar. • 2+ years experience in materials or process engineering or related fields; high degree of technical competence.


This role does not support 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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