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Sr Research Scientist - Reliability

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Date: Jan 9, 2022

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 49744


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.



1.) The qualified candidate will assume a technical supporting role conducting fracture and failure mode analysis on a variety of Corning products, collaborate with research, development, manufacturing, commercial, and other teams to understand the opportunity, describe solution concepts, identify failure modes and consideration of Material, Process, and Design contributions.

2.) This role will provide project support of key dashboard projects in various stages of innovation, from early research through to manufacturing and field support.

3.) Failure Mode/ Root Cause Analysis/ Problem Solving. Interact with technical experts as required for insight and problem solving; explore broad solution space.

4.) Statistical data analysis, evaluation and interpretation

5.) Able to work with customers to define investigation needs, methods and follow-up recommendations.

6.) Collaborate with other reliability experts within the department as well as other reliability communities of practice.

7.) Support mechanical testing with fracture data to develop stress/ strength insight for various materials and configurations.

8.) This role will partner with CS customers, apply critical thinking skills, and employ the scientific method to resolve and fundamentally understand the identified problem.


Day to day responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, activities such as those described below:

1. Providing Fractographic support by performing and conducting fracture and failure mode analysis.

2. Advance skills and scientific knowledge in failure mode analysis.

3. Method development of analysis and characterization FMA techniques for new materials.

4. Perform sample preparation in some aspect of failure analysis & mechanical testing.

5. Take experimental notes and track the samples submission from projects.

6. Prepare analysis reports and mechanical characterizations.

7. Support the daily operation of the CS\RS Failure Mode Analysis Lab.

8. Develop new acceleration techniques for early identification of potential problems

9. Communication of plans and updates to appropriate personnel and across all payrolls.

10. Active participation in lab operations and planning (lab management, systems, and processes)

11. Lead/own lab projects, large analysis efforts, analysis methods development


Projects involved with:

The successful candidate will be engaged in many projects including key dashboard projects. Ability to manage multiple project activities, competing priorities, and deliver requested milestones is a must.


Education and Experience:

MS with 5+ years’ experience, or equivalent in Materials, Mechanics or Reliability


Required Skills & Characteristics:

1. Previous fractography experience (5+ Years)

2. Physics of Failure/ Material property knowledge, preferably including fracture mechanics

3. Results & detail oriented, Rigorous, Self-motivated, Flexible, Multi-tasking, Leadership

4. Previous In-the-field manufacturing and customer technical support experience (5+ Years)

5. Strong technical curiosity, strong desire to pursue answers

6. Diligence, patience, with a willingness to sit at a microscope for long hours if necessary

7. Versed in materials/ mechanics as well as a variety of manufacturing processes.

8. Versed in Mechanical and statistical analysis

9. Excellent communications skills; demonstrated communications with end-customer and management

10. Demonstrated communication of technical results, risks and recommendations

11. Skilled and experienced in teaching and sharing knowledge to foster a collaborative environment

12. Some experience in operating basic mechanical/electrical instruments/tools such as universal testing machine

13. Ability to work successfully across organizations: research, development, manufacturing, commercial

14. Demonstrated ability to quickly learn and maintain adherence to operating procedures

15. Demonstrated ability to independently document test results

16. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple analyses / tasks

17. Demonstrated high attention to detail


Desired Skills & Characteristics:

1. Previous lab supervisory or lab leadership experience

2. Broad experience with mechanical properties characterization of many materials, test geometries

3. Familiar with basic software applications

4. Patient and meticulous in microscopic observations

5. Strong desire to learn new skills

6. Good dexterity and ability to work with extremely small specimen


Soft Skills & Characteristics:

1. Strong technical curiosity, problem solving, and desire to seek out answers and solutions.

2. Excellent communication and presentation skills, ranging from communicating with teams, to management, and to sophisticated outside customers.

3. Eclectic background drawing on a diverse understanding of many materials and processing technologies.

4. Personable, engaging, able to take highly complex concepts and translate to a range of audiences.

5. Team player, open & honest; driven to find the truth; likes “forensics”



Pay Grade: Grade C

Employee Referral Amount: $1,500.00 

Nearest Major Market: Corning