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Research Scientist-Injection Molding

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Date: Sep 6, 2022

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 50722


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.


Scope of Position:

• Apply expertise and innovation in the polymer science and engineering to support all of Corning’s businesses, including Mobile Consumer Electronics, Optical Communications, Life Sciences, and Automotive.

• Conduct exploratory research in polymer plastic, polymer composites, and polymer/glass/ceramic interface.

• Demonstrate technical leadership in the area of materials science and polymer engineering, in particular injection molding, through rigorous mechanistic problem-solving approaches.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

• Accountable for all aspects of lab safety and adherence to Corning Values

• Support development of new products and drive the development processes for plastic forming processes (primarily injection molding) and secondary processes

• Conduct research, propose experiments, and analyze data to test hypotheses to enhance understanding of products and processes and to provide Corning with inventive solutions toward new development efforts.

• Collaborate with project teams across research, development and manufacturing functions, providing polymer materials fundamental understanding and processing support for short and long-term R&D efforts.

• Balance hands-on work-related activities with technical leadership related activities


Travel requirements (please note if international): up to 10% in USA


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time: 40 hours / week ; 8 am – 5 PM / flex time as needed


Education and Experience (minimum required for consideration):

M.S or Ph.D. in Polymer/Material Science and Engineering with focus on plastic injection molding Industrial experience is preferred


Required Skills:

• Personal dedication to continuous improvement in lab safety

• Proficient in injection molding process development including the use of scientific injection molding

• Relevant experience in molding product development or product testing

• Ability to work in a collaborative manner in a multi-disciplinary team environment

• Demonstrated ability to solve difficult technical problems and deliver practical solutions that meet the application requirements along with the fundamental understanding of the polymer properties that drives the performance


Desired Skills:

• Experience with design of plastic parts for injection molding and development of injection molding process

• Working knowledge of Injection mold design, SolidWorks, FEA, and mold flow analysis

• Knowledge/experience in polymer science, understanding of polymer structure-property relationships and polymer physics

• Ability to formulate testing protocols for desired material properties, starting with basic analytic capabilities (FTIR, TGA, DSC, …)


Soft Skills (Communication/Team/Leadership):

Values others and sets an example: Contributes to an environment of respect and collaboration by supporting safety, workplace culture, and valuing the individual while listening and sharing viewpoints. Participates in the resolution of conflicts among team members.


Collaborates effectively: Works in a collaborative manner within and outside of their own work group. Communicates effectively regarding assignments, openly shares ideas, values diversity of opinions, and demonstrates an ability to build trust across their work group or project team. Contributes to and may lead project workstreams, tasks, or similar activities and demonstrates an ability to accept ideas and opinions of others. Contributes to an inclusive environment.


We seek someone who is a self-starter, takes initiative, values differences in people and ideas and displays potential for assuming a greater technical leadership role in the future.


This position does support immigration sponsorship.


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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