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Research Technician, Optical

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Date: Jul 18, 2021

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 47246


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 (i.e. projects involved with and role within group): This position is for an Optical Research Technician in the Characterization Sciences Optical Properties Laboratory. The Optical Properties Laboratory supports a diverse portfolio of research, development and production activities. This role involves application of routine and non-routine analyses to characterize optical properties and performance of materials, assist with methods development, instrument calibrations, troubleshooting and quality control monitoring.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

• Adhere to laboratory safety protocols and contribute to an environment of respect and collaboration.

• Operate and maintain optical measurement instrumentation.

• Interact with submitters to understand purpose and define measurement needs.

• Tailor instrument configuration and sample handling to suit measurement needs.

• Maintain detailed records of testing and observations.

• Compile and analyze data using spectroscopy application software.

• Generate data reports and communicate with customers.

• Coordinate measurements and equipment usage with team members to maintain efficient workflow.

• Support efforts to develop new optical measurement methods.

• Recognize and troubleshoot instrumentation issues.

• Maintain good housekeeping and equipment organization within the laboratory.


Travel requirements (please note if international): Minimal

Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time: 40 hours per week w/occasional overtime, some flexibility with schedule.


Education and Experience (minimum required for consideration):

Associate degree with general background in physics, math and chemistry. Hands-on analytical laboratory experience.


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

• Analytical experience with good laboratory practices:

o Safety and housekeeping.

o Strong attention to details.

o Accurate data collection and record keeping.

o Strong written communication of observations and experimental results.

o Operation of analytical laboratory equipment.

• Technically curious, self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision.

• Hands-on technical aptitude.

• Familiarity with optical properties and general optical instrumentation.

• Proficient using MS Office (i.e. Excel, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint).

• Strong technical communication skills, both verbal and written.

• Technical problem-solving experience using critical thinking and data-based decision-making skills.

• Desire and aptitude to learn fundamental understanding of optical principles, equipment and methods.

• Strong logistical skills in formulating an approach to a problem, executing plan and analyzing outcome.

• Ability to execute measurements accurately, consistently and thoroughly document what was done.

• Ability to organize and handle multiple, shifting priorities efficiently.


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

• Understanding of general principles for absorption spectroscopy, refractometry and appearance (i.e. color, haze, gloss).

• Hands-on experience using optical measurement equipment (i.e. UV/Vis/NIR spectrophotometers, FTIR spectrometers, refractometers, colorimeters, interferometers, photo detectors, optical sources, etc.).

• Ability to diagnose equipment issues and make minor repairs.

• Experience with applications using broadband, LED, and laser light sources.

• Capability to determine appropriate optical configurations and methods to obtain credible data to support experimental objectives.

• Knowledge of statistical process control.


Soft Skills (Communication/Team/Leadership):

• Desire to participate within a diverse team environment.

• Open and engaging with co-workers, management and technical community.

• Self-starter, independent problem solver and learner.

• Strong work ethics.

• Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.

• Strong organization and time management skills.

• Able to organize and efficiently handle multiple tasks.

• Able to adapt to frequently changing priorities.


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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