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Research Associate - Product Performance Modeling

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Date: Aug 12, 2022

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 56285


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.

Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges.

Corning’s Environmental Technologies segment manufactures ceramic substrates and filter products for emissions control in mobile and stationary applications around the world.

Scope of role:

Lead efforts to anticipate and mitigate failure modes of materials, design and process in product development initiatives. Collaborate with research, development, manufacturing, commercial, and other teams to understand the opportunity, describe solution concepts, and identify failure modes by assessing concept functionality and how well it meets the needs of the opportunity. Define testing to characterize functionality and quantify reliability via failure rate calculations/ modeling/ life predictions. Develop insight into root cause and make recommendations to improve performance. Ensure problems are addressed for efficient development of robust products and processes with fewer failure modes and longer life-times.


Responsibilities include:

  •  Work with technical teams to define customized programs to ensure product meets reliability requirements and process delivers the design intent: a) Understand requirements and potential solution concept(s); b) Develop an understanding of product and material performance under application conditions, and potential effects of the process on the design intent via engineering judgement, testing and/or modeling; c) Identify potential failure modes; d) Develop and lead an experimental and characterization strategy to produce deeper insight from which root cause can be understood and materials/ design/ process recommendations suggested.
  • Failure Mode/ Root Cause Analysis/ Problem Solving & Corrective Actions. Interact with technical experts as required for insight and problem solving; explore broad solution space.
  •  Creation of Experimental plans (DOE) and execution to generate data for life predictions using accelerated testing methods
  •  Statistical data analysis and interpretation
  •  Risk assessments, reliability life models(failure rates, life-time estimates, etc.)
  •  Clear communication of plans and updates to appropriate personnel.



  • MUSTS Facilitate effective design assessment and optimization 
  • Statistics
  •  Competency with reliability methods (QFD, FMEA, RCA, FTA, Life predictions, etc.) 
  • Experimental skills – test methods execution and ability to improve 
  • Physics of Failure/ Material property knowledge 
  • Results & detail oriented, Rigorous, Self-motivated, Flexible, Multi-tasking, Leadership, Honesty 
  • Ability to work successfully across organizations: research, development, manufacturing, commercial 
  • Critical thinking/ problem solving with ability to make connections with broad knowledge of materials, physical properties, test methods and failure mechanisms. WANTS Analyze data and develop math models to predict life and recommend screens/ demonstration tests. 
  • Write software code to complete analyses 
  • Understands technology - can lead design assessments and suggests design improvements 
  • Reliability Engineering 
  • Environmental stress testing methodology knowledge (temp, humidity, power, mechanical, vibration, HALT, HASS, etc.) 
  • Broad material/ chemistry/ mechanics/ experience 
  • Brittle Material, Glass and Ceramics knowledge 
  • Working knowledge of characterization techniques – how to apply and interpret results Evaluation of multi-material system reliability from a systems perspective.



  • Excellent written and verbal communication/presentation skills, ranging from communicating with teams, management to sophisticated outside customers. 
  • Strong facilitation and collaboration skills to enable leading of teams through ambiguous evaluations. 
  • Eclectic background drawing on a diverse history of knowledge, deep understanding of many materials and multi-material systems and technologies.

Nearest Major Market: Corning