Research Scientist - Optical Communication Systems

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Date: Sep 15, 2023

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 61596


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. 

Corning’s businesses are ever evolving to best serve our customers, industries, and consumers. Today, we accelerate and transform life sciences, mobile consumer electronics, optical communications, display, and automotive markets. We are changing the world with: 

  • Trusted products that accelerate drug discovery, development, and delivery to save lives
  • Damage-resistant cover glass to enhance the devices that keep us connected
  • Optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions to carry information and ideas at the speed of life
  • Precision glass for advanced displays to deliver richer experiences 
  • Auto glass and ceramics to drive cleaner, safer, and smarter transportation 


Scope of Position: 

This position is for a Research Scientist in high data rate optical transmission systems. The candidate should be knowledgeable of high data rate optical transmission systems, including coherent optical transmission and IMDD systems. Ideally the candidate should have relevant industrial experience in coherent transmission, digital signal processing in coherent receivers, and optical components and modules. We are looking for a strong leader and team player who is curious about future technologies, has a proven track recorder of critical thinking and effective skills in solving real-world problems with invention and innovation. As a subject matter expert and thought leader, the candidate will have the opportunities to propose and lead research initiatives, collaborate with multidisciplinary and cross-functional teams, and drive technological advancement and new scientific discovery to support current and future business in optical communications. She or he will be responsible of developing tools and concepts in anticipation of future state of technology for the business, as well as provide troubleshooting support or testing for businesses that do not have the capability.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Acts as technical expert or Subject Matter Expert in high data rate optical communication systems, advanced modulation formats and digital signal processing.
  • Designs and executes experiments to solve complex problems or develop new processes or products.
  • Leverages fundamental understanding to develop tools and concepts in anticipation of future state of technology for the business.
  • Document research findings in internal research reports, invention disclosures and contributes to refereed publications.
  • Provides expertise in setting up testing laboratories for the businesses.
  • Leads and/or participates on cross-functional technical teams.



  • Ph.D. in Optical Communications, Electric Engineering or relevant discipline.


Required Skills:  

  • In-depth knowledge, and hands-on experiences of Coherent Optical communication systems including fiber optics, advanced modulations formats, DSP
  • Demonstrated ability to design, and execute system testing of components including optical components and modules
  • Has knowledge of transmission systems for submarine, terrestrial, metro and access networks
  • Has strong approach to problem solving and troubleshooting.
  • Has demonstrated ability to document experimental results in reports and publications


Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge and experiences in passive and active photonic devices
  • Knowledge of optical transmission technology for Data Centers
  • Knowledge of optical network architectures


Soft Skills:

  • Must be a team player
  • Effective communicator in a variety of formal presentation settings: one-on-one, small and large groups, with peers, direct reports, and management.
  • Can effectively deal with changes and uncertainty


Travel Requirements: <10%


This position supports immigration sponsorship. 

The range for this position is $84,834.00 - $116,648.00.  Starting pay for the successful applicant is dependent on a variety of job-related factors, including but not limited to geographic location, market demands, experience, training, and education. The benefits available for this position include medical, dental, vision, 401(k) plan, pension plan, life insurance coverage, disability benefits, and PTO.


​Corning Puts YOU First! 

We are committed to supporting your health, financial, career development, and life goals as you grow professionally and personally to achieve your highest potential. All benefits begin as soon as you start your career at Corning. 
•    Our monetary peer-to-peer recognition program is tied to our Values and celebrates you and your colleagues’ contributions. 
•    Health and well-being benefits include medical, dental, vision, paid parental leave, mental health/substance use, fitness, and disease management programs.  
•    Financial benefits include a 401(k) savings plan with company matching contributions and a 100% company-paid pension benefit that grows steadily throughout your career. 
•    Companywide bonus and attractive short- and long-term compensation programs are available based on your role and responsibilities.   
•    Professional development programs help you grow and achieve your career goals.


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.


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