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Research Scientist, Mechanical Science

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Date: Sep 12, 2021

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 45633


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.


This position of Mechanical Scientist II is in the Science and Technology (Research) Division of Corning Incorporated. We are looking for scientists and engineers with the ability to creatively solve problems and provide solutions to address some of the most pressing challenges to our businesses and define future research directions. The candidate for this position should have a track record of working in team environments, applying the fundamentals of their discipline, defining and executing experiments, and summarizing results to provide novel solutions involving the integration of optical, mechanical, and electrical components. Additionally, the candidate should be able to identify emerging (short and long term) technical challenges that benefit from optical applications and collaborate with a wide range of scientists and engineers to develop solutions. Technical challenges can range in markets from optical communications to display technologies to life sciences and involve opto-mechanical applications such as; photonics and passive/active optical components, materials, free-space optics, waveguides, sensors, controls, software/hardware integration, image processing, and optoelectronics. Our environment is dynamic and projects can be fast-paced; we expect our scientists and engineers to be agile and rapidly build up new capabilities as the need arises. Most importantly, we expect our scientists and engineers to want to be a part of a team of creative and inventive problem solvers. Day to Day Responsibilities: Through an understanding of customer problem statements you will identify potential solutions as you collaborate with scientists and engineers, develop novel approaches to solve complex problems, and make quick critical experiments to demonstrate feasibility.


Additional responsibilities include:

• Planning, designing, development, and testing of optomechanical and/or electromechanical components, systems, and instruments as you seek to solve problems of diverse scope;

• Generating concept packages for review with clients and technical teams;

• Designing and executing experiments, providing data analysis, and providing guidance to teams;

• Interacting with project team members in collaborating fields (optics, mechanics, electronics, software, etc.);

• Working in a lab environment and will correlate critical experiments results with modeling results;

• Purchasing equipment, tracking delivery, and receipt of material for projects.


Required Skills:

Someone who is practical, capable and passionate about learning quickly with an inventive nature is a necessity.

• Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or related engineering degree with 0-3 years’ experience or MS with 6-10 years of industrial experience designing and testing optomechanical devices, systems, or products.

• Experience in mechanical design of precision systems and CAD software such as SolidWorks.

• Demonstrated ability to integrate hardware, electronics, and software.

• Capability of developing experiment plans (DOE), laboratory set-up, and executing experiments.

• Ability for occasional international and domestic travel based on business needs. A reasonable estimate is 1-3 trips per year.


Desired Skills:

• Data processing experience with MATLAB (or equivalent software), familiarity with LabVIEW software, and mechanical modeling experience – ANSYS or equivalent.

• Experience with optical design and CAD software such as Zemax or Oslo.

• Experience with structural and vibration analysis tools such as ANSYS.

• Project planning and management experience.

• Well-developed social and communication skills with an ability to work both independently and in high-performance interdisciplinary teams.

We prohibit discrimination on the basis of  race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or 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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