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Knowledge Engineer/Scientific Application Analyst

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Date: Sep 2, 2022

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 57471


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:

The candidate will formulate ontology-based semantic models for representing experimental processes, promote best practices for capturing FAIR data, and collaborate with data and material scientists in leveraging contextualized data for materials innovation. Partner with multidisciplinary teams of computer, material and modeling scientists in developing platforms and frameworks for materials informatics. Be a catalyst for next generation materials innovation through materials informatics at Corning’s world-renown materials R&D laboratory. We are looking for a self-starter information architect who can keep the big picture in mind while partnering with subject matter experts in developing and delivering semantic models for materials innovation.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Develop harmonized ontological models for research experimental processes
  • Champion data governance and management guidelines to promote FAIR data for informatics
  • Partner with other internal groups to deliver holistic data management strategies
  • Partner with data generation SMEs to address issues in data capture, integrity and reuse
  • Monitor and leverage external data models and standards where appropriate
  • Participate in agile team development


Required Skills:

  • Model and ontology development • FAIR data principles
  • Proficient in metadata engineering and semantic web technologies (e.g., RDF, RDFS, OWL, SHACL, SKOS)
  • Self-starter with strong analytical skills
  • Effective communicator
  • Experience with research and industrial processes
  • Ability to partner with research laboratories and scientists, gathering requirements and iteratively developing models
  • Solid understanding of software engineering fundamentals
  • Quickly learn and evaluate new technologies



  • Graduate or postgraduate degree in computer science, data science or knowledge engineering


Desired Skills:

  • Experience in any of the following is considered an asset:
  • Data-driven architectures
  • Machine learning (time series data, NLP)
  • Industrial instrumentation (e.g,. OSIsoft PI platform)
  • Digital manufacturing
  • Electronic lab notebook (ELN) and laboratory information system
  • Materials science, chemistry or other hard sciences; the scientific method
  • Data science
  • Python proficiency, with experience in at least one other widely used programming language (e.g., C#, Golang, Rust)
  • Experience with triplestore databases and libraries such as RDFLib


Soft Skills:

  • Communication/Team/Leadership
  • The ability to deal with uncertainty
  • Collaborative mindset; able to openly engage with colleagues from diverse cultures, disciplines and backgrounds to achieve project goals
  • The ability to communicate effectively in person and electronically with team members in multiple locations
  • Ability to quickly learn and embrace new technologies


Travel requirements: Limited travel, likely <10%


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:

Normal Business Hours 8:00-5:00 with additional hours occasionally needed for urgent project demands.


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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