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Research Scientist - Chemistry

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Date: Jan 14, 2022

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 49608


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 (i.e. projects involved with and role within group):

• Reports to Research Director

• Conduct polymer materials research in support of all of Corning’s businesses, including Mobile Consumer Electronics, Optical Communications, Life Sciences, and Automotive.

• Conduct exploratory research in polymer / glass and composites


Day to Day Responsibilities:

• Accountable for all aspects of lab safety and adherence to Corning Values

• Conduct hands-on experiments in a polymer chemistry lab.

• Collaborate with other scientists in the polymer process lab as needed (extrusion, injection molding, lamination).

• You will apply your knowledge of organic and polymer chemistry to develop new material systems (composites, laminates, coatings) with an emphasis on polymer physics and developing structure / property relationships

• You may lead project teams with scientists from Development, Engineering, and the Business units.


Travel requirements (please note if international): up to 10% in USA

Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time: 40 hours / week ; 8 am – 5 PM / flex time as needed


Education and Experience (minimum required for consideration):

Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry or Chemical Engineering with focus on polymers


Required Skills (These are skills that candidates must possess):

• Personal dedication to continuous improvement in lab safety

• Ability to work in a collaborative manner in a multi-disciplinary team environment

• Demonstrated ability to solve difficult technical problems and deliver practical solutions that meet the application requirements along with the fundamental understanding of the chemistry that drives the performance

• Working knowledge of polymer mechanical properties and measurement techniques


Desired Skills (these are the skills that would be nice for candidates to possess):

• Knowledge of rheology of nanocomposites

• Knowledge of adhesive structure / property relationships


Soft Skills (Communication/Team/Leadership):

Values others and sets an example:

Contributes to an environment of respect and collaboration by supporting safety, workplace culture, and valuing the individual while listening and sharing viewpoints. Participates in the resolution of conflicts among team members. Collaborates effectively: Works in a collaborative manner within and outside of their own work group. Communicates effectively regarding assignments, openly shares ideas, values diversity of opinions, and demonstrates an ability to build trust across their work group or project team. Contributes to and may lead project workstreams, tasks, or similar activities and demonstrates an ability to accept ideas and opinions of others. Contributes to an inclusive environment. Coaches and mentors: Shares knowledge for the benefit of Corning and all employees within and outside of their own work group.


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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