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Optical Designer - Fairport, NY

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Date: Feb 7, 2021

Location: Fairport, NY, US, 14450

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 42134


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:

Provide optical design for custom precision optical systems, serving as a key member of the product development team.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Work within multi-disciplined project teams to analyze, engineer & build lens systems from conception to completion.
  • 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 stations.
  • Provide optical design support to the manufacturing team.


Travel Requirements:

  • 10%. Typical travel includes training, networking opportunities, customer visits, and benchmarking activities as required.


Hours of work:

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


Work location:

  • Is currently a hybrid In-Office and Work-From-Home arrangement and will revert to fully In-Office when CV19 restrictions are lifted.


Required Education/Experience:

  • 4-yr technical degree with the following order of preference: Optical Design, Optical Engineering; Physics
  • 2-3 years experience of applied optical design.
  • Experience in UV optical systems a plus.
  • Imaging and Illumination Systems preferred
  • Experience with optical design software packages such as CodeV (preferred), Zemax, OSLO, etc.
  • A solid foundation and understanding of aberration theory, geometrical optics and physical optics.
  • Knowledge with lens testing methods such as interferometry, modulation transfer function and wavefront sensing.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Confidence in interaction with all levels of the organization. (Production techs to Sr. Leadership)
  •  Ability to function on a product development team of multi-disciplinary engineers


Required to sign covenant not to compete


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.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Rochester