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Polymer Materials Engineer

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Date: Aug 24, 2021

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 48655


Corning’s history is filled with breakthrough technologies that have played a meaningful role in the way the world works. We thrive on solving difficult, commercially relevant problems through a creative and collaborative research and development process. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, more than 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, and a distinctive reciprocal culture.


Corning's Manufacturing, Technology and Engineering division (MTE) is recognized as the leader in engineering perfection & innovative manufacturing technologies by providing diverse skills to Corning’s existing & emerging businesses.


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 passionate about 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:

  • Apply polymer & materials science engineering fundamental principles to solve deep technical challenges primarily related to polymer materials and their use in both our products & processes. This corporate engineering role serves all existing businesses, with typical project assignments lasting 6 months to 2 years and ranging from initial research projects through stage 5 manufacturing support. Our organization provides a flexible base of resources and knowledge which facilitates rapid solution development and emphasizes strong technical competence. This candidate will serve as a material expert with interactions including raw materials, suppliers, lab simulations, research, development, and manufacturing.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Understand material properties and 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 and perform laboratory testing regimen and process simulations to extend knowledge base and prove/disprove hypotheses.
  • Work closely with department laboratory staff to ensure optimal turnaround and experimental efficiency.
  • Protect Corning’s intellectual property by filing invention disclosures for patent application in timely fashion.
  • Document all project findings in internal, structured reports.
  • Maintain high quality engineering principles, including extensive use of statistics, structured problem-solving methods such as KT, DoE, and DMAIC six sigma tools.
  • Measure and communicate performance against objectives.


Travel Requirements:

  • Project based, typically ~25%


Required Education:

  • MS or PhD preferred, in Chemical, Polymer or Materials Science & Engineering
  • 1 years work experience
  • Prefer experience working with manufacturing


Required Skills:

  • Technical background in polymer materials processing and evaluation
  • Experience with polymer component manufacturing or adhesives, resins, high temperature lubrications etc.
  • Understanding of polymer structure-property relationships and knowledge of polymer analytical techniques
  • Strong hands-on laboratory experience
  • Ability to assimilate quickly and produce valuable results
  • Strong supporter and user of existing literature to facilitate learning - journals, conferences etc
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with customers, suppliers and co-workers
  • Problem solving skills-cut all the noise out and rapidly hone-in on root cause
  • Ability to effectively communicate and document project updates through presentations and technical report writing
  • Ability to effectively manage several on-going projects


Desired Skills:

  • Polymer manufacturing process engineering basics
  • Understanding of polymer injection molding and extrusion processes
  • Project management
  • Statistics, data analysis, design of experiments


Soft Skills:

  • Able to work independently
  • Sense of urgency
  • Results oriented
  • Positive attitude
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Open and approachable


This position does not support immigration sponsorship.


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