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Research Scientist, Laser Processing Research

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Date: Aug 17, 2022

Location: Painted Post, NY, US, 14830

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 53207


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.

At Corning, our growth is fueled by a commitment to innovation. We succeed through sustained investment in research & development, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges. We are a four-time National Medal of Technology winner thanks to our technology leadership and R&D environment, which attract and enable the best scientific minds in the world. This pipeline of talent has brought life-changing innovation to your fingertips for more than 160 years.


Scope of Position:

The successful candidate would work in the Laser Processing Research (LPR) department within the Applied Optical Physics directorate in Corning’s Research and Development Division. LPR leverages deep understanding of lasers sources, material science, machine learning, precision engineering, and optics to enable scalable manufacturable processes for current and future products ranging from fiber optics, photonic devices, quantum systems, pharmaceuticals, and consumer electronics. We seek scientists or engineers capable of combining optical physics and engineering principles to develop innovative laser-based micro-machining processes. Relevant experience includes optical design, laser systems, photonic systems, and software controls. The laser processing scientist will perform multi-disciplinary research with other scientists, engineers, and technicians to design and conduct experiments, develop fundamental understanding of laser-matter interactions, develop tools to simulate laser-material interactions, and invent new processing methods that meet internal or external customer requirements.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

• Propose and execute new research concepts which advance fundamental understanding of light-matter (specifically, laser-glass) interactions

• Build subject matter expertise in optics, materials, and laser processes; consult or collaborate with other subject matter experts across various business units or research departments

• Translate experimental results and theoretical insights into new passive or active optical products or manufacturable processes

• Develop scalable metrological processes;

• Integrate controls and diagnostic tools for monitoring and optimizing laser processes

• Document system designs and results; generate and file invention disclosures

• Integrate optical components onto work benches designed for laser micro-machining (ablating, cutting, welding, etc.)


Travel requirements (please note if international): • < 10% domestic, with occasional international travel required


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time: • 40 hours/week, 8am-5pm during weekdays, with flexibility


Education and Experience (minimum required for consideration):

• PhD degree in Optics, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Physical Chemistry, Materials Science (recent graduate, post-doc, or military experience)

• MS degree in Optics, Physics, Electrical Engineering , Material Science (>5 yr. work or military experience, with proven track record for innovation)


Required Skills (These are skills that candidates must possess):

• Demonstrated working knowledge of optics and optical properties of materials

• Working knowledge of light-matter interactions

• Strong problem solving skills

• Excellent oral and written communication skills


Desired Skills (these are the skills that would be nice for candidates to possess):

• Demonstrated experience in numerical analysis techniques, optical modeling, or beam propagation software

• Working knowledge of commercial laser systems

• Experience controlling laboratory equipment

• Practical experience using CAD tools


Soft Skills (Communication/Team/Leadership):

• Ability to prioritize tasks across multiple projects

• Passion for discovery and learning

• Strong ethos for inclusion and fair collaboration across global organization


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.

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