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Senior Materials Engineer

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Date: Nov 26, 2021

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 50220


Corning is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics, building and manufacturing keystone components that enable high-technology systems. Corning’s history is filled with breakthrough technologies that have played a meaningful role in the way the world works. We thrive on solving difficult, commercially relevant problems through a creative and collaborative research and development process.


Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, more than 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, and a distinctive reciprocal culture. Corning's Manufacturing, Technology and Engineering division (MTE) is recognized as the leader in engineering perfection & innovative manufacturing technologies by providing diverse skills to Corning’s existing & emerging businesses. We anticipate & provide timely, valued, leading edge manufacturing technologies and engineering expertise. We partner with Corning’s businesses and the Science & Technology division. Together we build and sustain Corning’s manufacturing as a differential advantage.


Corning Incorporated focuses on building a diverse global workforce where differences are celebrated, and employees feel safe bringing their “whole selves” to work. Our Diversity Network hosts 18 active and distinctive Employee Resource Groups. Employees have access to Allyship resources, podcasts, an internal video channel, digital learning series and trainings, all focused on building and celebrating global diversity and inclusion. Corning has been recognized as a leader in this regard and has been consistently recognized as a national employer of choice.


Scope of Position:

  • In this role you will apply Ceramic & Materials Science Engineering fundamental principles to solve deep technical challenges primarily related to glass and ceramic use in manufacturing processes. This corporate engineering role serves all existing businesses, with typical project assignments lasting 6 months to 2 years and ranging from initial research projects through stage 5 manufacturing support. Our organization serves a flexible base of resources and knowledge which facilitates rapid solution development and emphasizes strong technical competence. You will serve as a material expert with interactions including raw materials, suppliers, fabrication, research, development, and manufacturing.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Serve as expert in material properties and impact on Corning's products and processes
  • Drive to root cause understanding of technical challenges to improve yield, extend asset life, reduce costs, improve product attributes and enable new products.
  • Develop laboratory testing regimen and process simulations to extend knowledge base and support/disprove hypotheses
  • Work with laboratory staff to ensure optimal turnaround time and experimental efficiency
  • Work with external suppliers to identify best material solutions for project application
  • Share technical findings with colleagues ranging from technical peers to senior level leadership providing information which enables data-based decisions which drive to project success
  • Maintain high quality engineering principles, including extensive use of statistics, structured problem-solving methods such as KT, DOE, and DMAIC six sigma tools.
  • Document all project findings in internal, structured reports and presentations. Protect Corning's intellectual property by filing invention disclosures for patent application


Travel Requirements:

  • Up to 25% travel depending upon specific project assignment. 
  • Domestic and International.


Required Education and Years of Experience:

  • MS or PhD in Ceramic Engineering or Materials Science
  • 5+ years of experience in Ceramic or Materials Engineering role


Required Skills:

  • Deep technical knowledge in ceramic/glass material processing, evaluation and failure mechanism understanding
  • Strong laboratory experience, hands on approach to developing and executing experimentation to drive to root cause understanding
  • Multi-tasking mandatory – balance multiple project responsibilities with different technical focus areas
  • User of existing literature to facilitate learning - internal and external publications, ASTM standards, journals, conference proceedings, etc.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build successful working relationships with internal business customers, external suppliers and co-workers
  • High proficiency in written and verbal communication skills; report writing, clear concise PowerPoint presentation skills; comfortable presenting in front of groups ranging from technical peers to senior level leadership


Desired Skills:

  • Refractory and glass material understanding; microstructure, chemistry, high temperature material interactions, process engineering basics, ceramic forming techniques; dry and wet processing, sintering expertise
  • Project management tools and approach
  • Statistical data analysis, utilization of designed of experiments

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This position does not support immigration sponsorship.


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