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Sr. Research Associate - Material Process

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Date: Nov 18, 2021

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 49857


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.


We are seeking a candidate to conduct research and development of new materials and processes for energy, electronics, and environmental applications. The individual will specifically utilize their expertise within a collaborative scientific and engineering environment by developing innovative materials and process solutions to address technical problems. The candidate is expected to be able to work on a project or proposed project directions aimed at solving customers issue through a deep understanding of the customer application challenges. The ability to lead a team of scientists or function as the technical subject matter expert within their field on the projects is required. The candidate is expected to use modeling or collaborate with modeling and characterization scientists to enhance scientific understanding and problem solving. Experience with using material informatics and machine learning in problem solving is of interest. The individual must have a solid and sound technical background in Material Science, Physics, Chemical engineering, Ceramics, or a related field. The applicant is expected to have experiences and knowledge of ceramic processes and other high temperature materials processes. Deep knowledge and experience with energy materials and systems are desirable. Prior professional work experience in their technical discipline or at least several years of postdoctoral research experience is required. Other requirements include attention to details, keen analytical skills, and the ability to work on multiple projects,


Day to Day Responsibilities:

Collaborate or sometime work independently on technical projects to

• Define and propose technical research directions to problem solving

• Collaborate with team members to conduct and advance research direction

• Contribute to building fundamental knowledge building

• Work with other

• Attend technical meetings as required

• Document learnings and observation

• Provide technical guidance

• Share knowledge and discussions with colleagues, businesses or customers

• Coach and mentor younger scientists

• Adopt safe practices

• Develop and manage testing plans

• Collaborate with teams on ideation and problem solving

• Conduct experiments to gain fundamental knowledge and address technical challenges

• Perform data analysis and interpretation

• Make recommendations to projects to improve functional performance of materials and processes as appropriate

• Develop new intellectual property


Travel Requirements: Variable but expectation is <15%

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


Required Education:

At least a Master /Ph.D in Material Science, Physics, Chemical engineering, Ceramics or a related field.


Required Years and Area of Experience:

At least 15+ years of experience with a master’s degree; at least 10+ years of experience with a Ph.D.


Required Skills:

• Strong technical leadership

• Be creative and innovative

• Technical matter expert in area of materials, ceramics and other non-oxide materials.

• Some modeling experience or knowledge

• Project management

• Industry R&D experience or equivalent (post-doc, etc)

• Hands-on laboratory experience

• Ability to work across organizational boundaries from research to manufacturing

• Strong communication skills and comfortable on technical presentations

• Rigorous execution, and data accuracy

• Able to manage multiple priorities at once

• Strong logistical skills


Desired Skills:

• Materials Informatics and Machine Learning experience

• Ability to define DOEs and perform statistical analyses

• Customer facing interactions and experience

• Experience with manufacturing environment is a plus

• 6-Sigma training is a plus


Soft Skills (Communication/Team/Leadership):

• Team player who enjoys collaboration

• Excellent communication (both verbal and written) and presentation skills.

• Facilitation skills to enable leading of teams through ambiguous evaluations.

• Ability to work with small to medium sized cross-functional technical teams

• Able to identify long term needs/goals as well as determine short term objectives to achieve

• Comfortable with a hands-on approach to problem solving


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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