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Surfaces and Coating Engineering Leader

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Date: Jul 18, 2019

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14830

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 35402


Odds are that the email you read this morning travelled over Corning Optical Fiber; the smartphone you used had a Corning cover glass; and the vehicle you drove to work had cleaner emissions because of a Corning catalytic converter substrate.

We are seeking out dedicated engineers who strive to see their work make a difference. If you have a passionate belief in the power of innovation to change the world; if you rate your own success by how many people are touched by your research; and if you are up to the challenge of doing extraordinary science to make real, profitable advanced materials, then Corning is the place for you.

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 built new industries and transformed people's lives.

Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to take on tough technology challenges.

Corning's Manufacturing, Technology and Engineering division (MTE) is recognized as the leader in engineering excellence & innovative manufacturing technologies by providing diverse skills to Corning's existing & emerging businesses.

Scope of Position

  • This primary function of this position is focused on leading, planning, and supporting workstreams related to various coating related projects and process needs. Enabling the planning and execution of technology transfer from Development into Production, as well as Contract Manufacturing interaction.
  • You will conduct hands on work in a laboratory and pilot environment to support Development projects with a focus towards process selection and qualification to scale-up and line establishment. You will need a deep technical understanding, as well as, industrial process experience related to coatings to develop product and processes with the appropriate physical properties as per market place requirements.
  • A detailed understanding of surface science and surface engineering including coating application, surface topography, interaction with environmental chemistry, and extensive practical knowledge of experimental design and characterization techniques should also be in your wheelhouse.
  • Concentration on coating knowledge (with a strong understanding of anti-reflective, anti-glare, and Easy-to Clean coatings) for product and process development. A focus on reflective uniformity, as well as, color uniformity regarding anti-reflective coatings specifications. Ability to work across both the adhesion, as well as, durability regarding Easy-to-Clean coating capability.

Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Lead the transfer of fundamental process understanding coating related projects to further thin film capability through Engineering resulting into the transfer to Manufacturing.
  • This role requires understanding surface chemistry's role in downstream processes, chemical durability and product lifetime. Focus will also include material and/or process evaluations, qualifications, transfer to manufacturing, and/or deep technical problem solving.
  • Collaborate with resources from various disciplines (research, development, engineering, manufacturing, characterization, analysis, machine vision) as well as different competencies in order to conclude most efficient results of project objectives.
  • Working closely with team members and multi-functional groups to understand customer needs, translate into requirements, define and optimize cost, product attributes and process trade-offs.
  • Drive continuous improvement activities within a program to deliver improved process capabilities, delivery, quality, and cost.
  • Engaging with external suppliers and process equipment partners to develop appropriate materials and processes for desired performance.

Travel Requirements

  • Our travel will range from 10%-40% depending on project (Including some International travel)

Required Skills

  • Experience with translating early stage/development results into scalable feasibility resulting in efficient manufacturing processes
  • Knowledge of organic/inorganic coatings, polymers, resins, crosslinking agents, matting agents, solvents, and other critical additives commonly used in coating industries.
  • Knowledge of common industrial testing protocols for coating surfaces including methods for adhesion, flow, ink stability, weather, durability and corrosion resistance.
  • Strong surface science background including and understanding of cleanliness recommended practices.
  • Utilize metric based attention towards performance tracking and analysis. (Use of process capability metrics such as CpK)
  • Results oriented and high level of commitment (able to work in any stage of innovation and handle risk of failure)
  • Identify capability gaps and work to address through methods development, capital acquisition and/or through external collaborations.

Desired Skills

  • Ability to assess and figure out metrology methods to characterize thin film designs and manufacturing performance.
  • Able to assess and determine cleaning, material handling and transfer/storage procedures within thin film process flow.
  • Conviction and passion for safety, cleanliness, process control and process discipline.
  • Project Management experience and Innovation Blackbelt (or greenbelt experience)


  • B.S./M.S./PhD in Material Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Physical Chemistry, or equivalent scientific discipline
  • Minimum 5+ years of Surface Engineering and Project Leadership experience
  • Process, Equipment, Product Development or Engineering
  • Hands on effort through technology and product transfer
  • Statistical, Quality and Operations minded

Soft Skills

  • Are you professional, courteous, positive attitude, rigorous and organized?
  • Will you take initiative and get results?
  • How are you at growing networks and communicating effectively verbally and in writing to get things done?
  • Dedication, creativity, self-starter and the passion to build and improve

This position does support immigration sponsorship

We prohibit discrimination on the basis of  race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteran status or any other legally protected status.

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