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Sr. Process Development Engineer- Thin Film

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Date: Sep 12, 2021

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 46306


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):

(1) Provide deep technical equipment expertise for research & development projects related to thin films by vacuum deposition equipment / processes. Projects can range from early stage, exploratory equipment design and definition to later stage equipment support.

(2) Provide technical expertise related to vacuum deposition equipment at manufacturing locations

(3) Work with equipment vendors to define, specify, qualify and/or troubleshoot equipment issues.

(4) Lead and/or work with internal customer projects and process improvement activities.  


Day to Day Responsibilities:

(1) Develop and maintain current knowledge of industrial PVD equipment, next generation deposition equipment technologies and processes. Apply that knowledge to develop and maintain programs to support new innovation in product & processes

(2) Collaborates with resources from various disciplines (research, engineering, manufacturing, characterization, analysis, modeling). Work with Process Techs or be hands on (as and when needed) to perform experiments, lab maintenance or production line troubleshooting

(3) Perform technical evaluations to support development and potential research and/or engineering efforts in areas of coatings (vacuum and atmosphere deposition) on glass, glass-ceramics, ceramics and semiconductor substrates

(4) Apply technical understanding of coating process & equipment fundamentals to create practical improvements in product and/or process value drivers

(5) Evaluate equipment for capital projects and cost reduction projects

(6) Develop and maintain a positive working relationship with both internal personnel and vendors

(7) Effective documentation of internal reports, operating procedures, specifications, decision analysis, and changes.

(8) Defines opportunities for intellectual property creation and files invention disclosures and patent applications.

(9) Work with company resources to assure a safe work environment for current and new processes, and compliance to Corning’s environmental policy.  

Travel Requirements (please note if international):

10-30% Domestic and International travel depending on the project  


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time: 40 hours/week  


Education and Experience (minimum required for consideration) MS or PhD in Electrical Engineering or Chemical Engineering with industrial experience in the area of thin films  


Required Skills (These are skills that candidates MUST possess)

(1) In-depth knowledge of vacuum and atmosphere deposition processes including hands on experience with pilot level processes

(2) Knowledge of common industrial processes and testing protocols for coatings.

(3) Ability to translate early stage customer needs/wants into requirements and equipment test plans

(4) Equipment/Mechanical Process understanding and competencies.

(5) Effective communication and presentation skills to all levels in the organization

(6) Commitment to drive for results with minimal supervision  


Desired Skills (These are skills that would be nice for candidates to possess)

Machine design, controls and/or programming

Project management skills.

Basics of Manufacturing and Other Analysis Tools (KT) trained Six Sigma: Green or Black Belt trained


Soft Skills (Communication/Team/Leadership)

Strong communication skills

Requires outstanding customer service skills

Goes out of way to meet customer requests.

Prioritization and/or multi-tasking ability

Ability to work in a team environment, and work with outside vendors, engineers, and technicians.


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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