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Research Intern- Summer

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Date: Jan 23, 2023

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 59687


Corning is vital to progress – in the industries we help shape and in the world we share.

We invent life-changing technologies using materials science. Our scientific and manufacturing expertise, boundless curiosity, and commitment to purposeful invention place us at the center of the way the world interacts, works, learns, and lives.

Our sustained investment in research, development, and invention means we’re always ready to solve the toughest challenges alongside our customers. 

Scope of Position (i.e. projects involved with and role within group):
This internship is aimed at exploring durable liquid-like surfaces (LLS) on glass substrates for anti-fingerprinting touch applications. The candidate will lead surface coating and characterization efforts designed to shed light on the ability of LLS to convey anti-fingerprinting properties. Coating methods include spin-coating, vapor-deposition, dip-coating, and any other coating processes deemed relevant. Characterization includes contact angle measurements and surface energy mapping, development of fingerprint transfer quantification methodology, durability assessments, and optical measurements such as UV-Vis transmission and reflection.

Day to Day Responsibilities:
Responsibilities include the design of experiments to shed light on the behavior of LLS coatings towards anti-fingerprinting properties. Responsibilities also include the execution of these experiments, including particular attention paid to glass cleanliness and control over LLS deposition. Once fabricated, the surfaces will be characterized using a variety of measurements to determine the efficacy of these films towards mitigating fingerprint transfer. The data that is generated will need to be analyzed and interpreted, conclusions reached, and next steps determined. The intern’s work will need to be presented in project/group meetings to get input from colleagues including alternative explanations and next steps.

Travel requirements (please note if international):

  • None


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:

  • 40 h/week

Education and Experience (minimum required for consideration):

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, or a related field.

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

  • Safe handling of chemicals and knowledge of proper lab processes to ensure good safety practices are upheld at all times
  • High level of motivation and ability to work independently
  • Knowledge of surface chemistry
  • Experience with deposition of thin surface coatings, in particular liquid-like surfaces
  • Knowledge of coating methods such as spin-coating, vapor-deposition, dip-coating etc
  • Characterization methods for thin films
  • Design and ability to execute experiments carefully and diligently
  • Ability to interpret results and make recommendations for next steps

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

  • Experience with proper cleaning and handling practices for glass substrates
  • Experience with glass surface preparation for coating
  • Experience with deposition of thin surface coatings on glass Experience with film durability assessment

Soft Skills (Communication/Team/Leadership):

  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to function in a team environment
  • Ability to openly collaborate with a broad cross-section of scientists and engineers
  • Strong working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite


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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