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S&T Research Co-Op - X-Ray Diffraction (Spring 2022)

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Date: Nov 5, 2021

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 50422


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): As a co-op in the x-ray diffraction laboratory, you will work directly with an x-ray diffraction characterization team in support of high temperature x-ray diffraction research. The goal of the co-op will be to evaluate and improve high temperature x-ray diffraction methods leading to fundamental understanding of materials. One specific project will be to evaluate high temperature x-ray diffraction calibration procedures and document a novel method of calibration using an anisotropic expansion material.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

• Interface with various research and engineering groups to understand x-ray diffraction characterization needs and help develop an experimental plan to provide fundamental understanding of materials.

• Review experimental data, communicate results to projects and help draw conclusions to further material understanding.

• This position also requires operating safely in the laboratory.


Travel requirements (please note if international):

Travel to local universities to access characterization equipment may be necessary on a limited basis.

Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:

• M-F, typically 40 hours per week


Education and Experience (minimum required for consideration):

• Completed at least Junior Year in Materials Science, Ceramic Engineering, Geology or related discipline.

• Interested or enrolled in graduate school in materials science field.


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

• Basic knowledge of x-ray diffraction

• Scientific curiosity

• Experience in a laboratory setting

• Independent

• Good written and verbal communication skills and people skills; ability to interact with scientists, team members and external vendors.

• Problem solving and troubleshooting skills


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

• Strong presentation skills

• Basic knowledge of statistics

• General knowledge of characterization


Soft Skills (Communication/Team/Leadership):

• Good communication and presentation skills

• Open and engaging to effectively collaborate with colleagues

• Excellent attention to detail

• Persistent

• Flexibility around 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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