XRF Lab Supervisor

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Date: Nov 2, 2023

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 61366


Corning is vital to progress – in the industries we help shape and in the world we share.

We invent life-changing technologies using materials science. Our scientific and manufacturing expertise, boundless curiosity, and commitment to purposeful invention place us at the center of the way the world interacts, works, learns, and lives.

Our sustained investment in research, development, and invention means we’re always ready to solve the toughest challenges alongside our customers. 

Corning’s businesses are ever evolving to best serve our customers, industries, and consumers. Today, we accelerate and transform life sciences, mobile consumer electronics, optical communications, display, and automotive markets. We are changing the world with: 

  • Trusted products that accelerate drug discovery, development, and delivery to save lives
  • Damage-resistant cover glass to enhance the devices that keep us connected
  • Optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions to carry information and ideas at the speed of life
  • Precision glass for advanced displays to deliver richer experiences 
  • Auto glass and ceramics to drive cleaner, safer, and smarter transportation 


Scope of Position: Daily operation of XRF lab. Contribute to the the delivery of R&D projects that generate new materials, processes and understanding. Prioritization of workload. Direct work of technicians. Develop methods, trouble shoot instrumentation issues, participate on project teams, develop short and long term strategy of lab, familiar with state-of-art in x-ray fluorescence spectrometry, coach and mentor colleagues. Periodically organize diverse teams of analysts to solve problems . Establish and maintain quality functions in the law. Act as a technical SME for the global QA labs and assist with the technology transfer.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Acts as a technical expert in a specific field
  • Supervise a team of 4 technicians
  • Manages equipment and resources to keep lab running in good working order
  • Uses rigorous processes and technical knowledge to build fundamental understanding
  • Provides inputs and/or documents ideas and contributions in IDs, RTRs, NTRs as well as refereed publications
  • Makes recommendations for purchasing new equipment, including identifying vendors, collecting quotes and tracking orders
  • Identifies and articulates problems as well as develops and executes approaches to solving them
  • Provides day-to-day problem-solving support to Research, Development, and Manufacturing
  • Develop new methods/applications as needs arise
  • Documents data and writes reports for laboratory processes and instrumentation
  • Makes technical presentations to customers and at conferences
  • Functions as a team leader on focused projects.
  • Trains/coaches new employees, technicians and interns, on laboratory processes, equipment and instrumentation
  • Supports and/or leads continuous improvement activities on products, processes, and cost reduction products
  • Supports technology transfer to Development receiver


Education and Experience:

  • Minimum of a MS in Chemistry, Materials Science or Engineering plus 3 years of industrial experience or equivalent.


Required Skills:

  • Hands-on experience in XRF lab including various sample preparation techniques
  • Fundamental understanding of chemical composition of analysis
  • Strong experience with method development for wide range of materials
  • Strong background in XRF Spectrometry with understanding of instrumentation strengths and weaknesses
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Excellent technical writing and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to supervise a group of technicians
  • Strong Statistics background
  • Fundamental understanding of Measurement Uncertainty estimation approaches


Desired Skills:

  • Experience with Panalytical WD XRF equipment
  • Experience with Handheld ED XRF
  • Experience with bench-top ED XRF Spectrometers
  • Experience with Minitab Statistical software


Soft Skills:

  • Works effectively across multiple disciplines in team-oriented environment.
  • Technical leadership skills
  • Effective supervisory skills
  • One-one communication skills
  • Detailed oriented
  • Quality and customer driven
  • Continuous improvement committed
  • Time Management


Travel requirements: 10% or less including occasional international travels.


This position supports immigration sponsorship.


The range for this position is $76,179.00 - $104,747.00.  Starting pay for the successful applicant is dependent on a variety of job-related factors, including but not limited to geographic location, market demands, experience, training, and education. The benefits available for this position include medical, dental, vision, 401(k) plan, pension plan, life insurance coverage, disability benefits, and PTO.


Corning Puts YOU First! 

We are committed to supporting your health, financial, career development, and life goals as you grow professionally and personally to achieve your highest potential. All benefits begin as soon as you start your career at Corning. 

  • Our monetary peer-to-peer recognition program is tied to our Values and celebrates you and your colleagues’ contributions. 
  • Health and well-being benefits include medical, dental, vision, paid parental leave, mental health/substance use, fitness, and disease management programs.  
  • Financial benefits include a 401(k) savings plan with company matching contributions and a 100% company-paid pension benefit that grows steadily throughout your career. 
  • Companywide bonus and attractive short- and long-term compensation programs are available based on your role and responsibilities.   
  • Professional development programs help you grow and achieve your career goals.


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. To request an accommodation, please contact us at accommodations@corning.com .


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