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Optical System Designer

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Date: Jul 29, 2022

Location: Fairport, NY, US, 14450

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 54960

Title: Optical Design Engineer

Location: Corning Advanced Optics Fairport, NY


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.
Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges.
The Specialty Materials segment manufactures products that provide more than 150 material formulations for glass, glass ceramics and fluoride crystals to meet demand for unique customer needs. Consequently, this segment operates in a wide variety of commercial and industrial markets that include display optics and components, semiconductor optics components, aerospace and defense, astronomy, ophthalmic products, telecommunications components and cover glass that is optimized for portable display devices.


Scope Of Position

In this position you will become a member of Corning Advanced Optics’ world class lens design team. Primary day to day functions include: lens design form development of complex optical systems distilled from customer requirements, realization of a fabrication production strategy for multi element lens systems using custom sensitivity and tolerancing software, collaborate with system metrology engineers to develop appropriate test and optimization station, provide optical design support to the manufacturing team , work within a multi-disciplined project team to analyze, engineer & build lens systems from conception to completion.

Travel Requirements

 Approximately 10-15%, domestic & international. (Customer visits, training, networking)

Hours Of Work

Typical work hours, M-F, 8am-5pm. Extra and off hours may be required during times of heightened project activity to meet deliverables.

Required Education

BS, MS or PhD in Optics, optical sciences

Required Years and Area Of Experience

Minimum 10-15years experience in optical design of imaging & illumination systems

Required Skills

• Track record of designing and optimizing complex multi element lens assemblies and reflective systems from concept to final form for manufacturing

• Expert user of commercially available optical design analysis software. o CodeV (preferred), Oslo, Zemax, or similar o Light Tools, ASAP, FRED, or similar

• Ability to take vague system requirements and distill them into cohesive specifications. • Keen understanding of optical manufacturing strategies, sensitivity analysis, manufacturing tolerancing, and fabrication methods.

• Optical design development of systems from UV to IR. Multi conjugate, zoom systems, single configuration, mono chromatic and broad band imaging systems

• Understanding of design concepts and principles of imaging and illumination systems.

 • Familiarity with lens testing method, interferometry, wavefront sensing, mono-chromatic and polychromatic testing, resolution via modulation transfer function (MTF)

• Hands on laboratory experience setting up optical systems for experimentation. Collecting and analyzing experimental results.

• Ability to communicate and share optical design concepts, build strategy with a multi discipline team during the engineering and prototype phases for new lens system.

• Macro programming with VBA and/or Matlab or similar software packages.

• Primary programs of focus will serve the semi-conductor industry and aerospace & defense applications.


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Corning offers a competitive salary, pension, and family medical leave.

Are you ready to start an exciting career with Corning, Inc.? Apply today!

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