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Polymer Engineer, Injection Molding

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Date: Jun 15, 2022

Location: Hickory, NC, US, 28601

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 50309


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.

Our Optical Communications segment has recently evolved from being a manufacturer of optical fiber and cable, hardware and equipment to being a comprehensive provider of industry-leading optical solutions across the broader communications industry.This segment is classified into two main product groupings – carrier network and enterprise network. The carrier network product group consists primarily of products and solutions for optical-based communications infrastructure for services such as video, data and voice communications. The enterprise network product group consists primarily of optical-based communication networks sold to businesses, governments and individuals for their own use.


Purpose of Position:

Lead materials development activities related to COC (Corning Optical Communications) globally, focusing on OCS materials for use in CMD, Keller, Reynosa and EMEA. Support active interaction with the COC Global Materials Group members as well with the materials groups based in Sullivan Park (AR&D, OT). Apply expertise and innovation in polymer science and engineering to support new product development activities and assist with existing products. Assist with polymer compound selection and evaluation for passive and active hardware products for fiber optic communication systems e.g. connectors, closures, cabinets, assemblies, adhesives and seals. Serve as a materials subject matter resource for product and project engineers for new product and process development efforts as well as assist manufacturing with solving materials-related problems. Also demonstrate technical leadership and innovation in the area of materials science and polymer engineering through rigorous mechanistic problem solving approaches.


Major Roles and Responsibilities:


  • Work with molding group to understand and implement new material processes
  • Participate in project teams, providing polymer materials fundamental understanding and development support
  • Lead and support materials-focused development work for short and long-term R&D goals.
  • Conduct research, propose experiments and analyze data to test hypotheses to enhance understanding of products and processes and to provide Corning with inventive solutions toward new development efforts.
  • Identify and investigate new and alternative polymer compounds for cost reductions and new products introductions
  • Balance hands-on work-related activities with technical leadership related activities
  • Collaborate with research, development and manufacturing functions throughout product development cycle
  • Guide technicians in Materials Test Lab to develop new test methods.
  • Communicate and document results
  • Maintain strong interaction with polymer community located in US, Europe, as well as Asia
  • Assist and/or lead product development projects (globally) to accomplish design and cost reduction goals.
  • Interface with suppliers and procurement to test and evaluate new materials, analytical equipment and services.
  • Work with suppliers to resolve problems with materials as well as maintain relationship with suppliers to stay abreast of new material availability.



  • Bachelors degree in Material Science or Chemistry required
  • Master degree or higher is a plus


Required Experience:

  • Bachelors Degree and 3-5+ years experience in a product development environment OR
  • Masters Degree and 2+ years experience 


Required Skills: 

  • Experience with thermoplastic polymers / polymer compounds, particularly high temperature engineering thermoplastics
  • Relevant experience in product development or product testing
  • Ability to develop new test methods for in-depth product characterization
  • Ability to apply fundamental understanding & scientific principles to solve technical problems and identify product solutions
  • Ability to formulate testing protocols for desired material properties, starting with basic analytic capabilities (FTIR, TGA, DSC, …)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Sharepoint)


Desired Skills:

  • Understanding and hands on experience with injection molding and knowledge of scientific molding.
  • Relevant experience in molding product development or product testing.
  • Experience with thermoplastic polymers / polymer compounds, particularly high temperature engineering thermoplastics.
  • Knowledge/experience in polymer science, understanding of polymer structure-property relationships and polymer physics
  • Hands on experience with polymer characterization methods such as rheology, DMA, DSC, TGA, TMA, SEM and mechanical testing; understanding or experience with optical testing a plus.
  • Experiences with the evaluation of product lifetime.


Soft Skills:

  • Ability to work within a multicultural team environment
  • Ability to multitask
  • Ability to work independently
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to mentor other engineers and train others on primary knowledge base
  • Expected to bring enthusiasm and innovative spirit
  • Likes to present achievements and is open for constructive discussions


Travel: Up to 30% - primarily domestic to Corning Optical Communications. Possibility to travel as needed to Keller, Corning, Reynosa or Europe facilities


Hours of work/work schedule/ flex-time: 40+ hrs/wk


This role does not support immigration sponsorship. 



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.

Nearest Major Market: Hickory