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Research Scientist-Micro & Surface Analysis

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Date: Feb 16, 2019

Location: Painted Post, NY, US, 14870

Company: Corning

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 (i.e. projects involved with and role within group): This position will require the incumbent to act as subject matter expert in the field of surface analysis, with a heavy focus on Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS). The incumbent will be running samples and analyzing data for both Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry and quadrapole based dynamic SIMS instruments in order to help solve critical problems related to Corning products. The successful candidate will be expected to participate on various project teams and seek out opportunities to grow and advance the SIMS capabilities at Corning, as well as to develop new methods for analysis where required. The position will require a depth of knowledge about glass and glass surfaces. Furthermore, it is expected that the successful candidate will help mentor and develop skills in current technician staff. This position is located in the Characterization Science directorate within the Corning Research & Development Division.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

• Help maintain and operate ToF-SIMS, quadrapole and magnetic sector type SIMS instruments and their associated laboratories.

• Analyze data collected, and help provide guidance to junior staff regarding data interpretations.

• Provide meaningful interpretation of the data, and recommendations to customers requiring guidance.

• Document and communicate results to end users (verbal, written, or presentations)

• Contribute to period reports, and internal technical reports

• Help support generation of IP at Corning

• Define and develop needed analytical methods and tools at Characterization Sciences

• Work with product development, manufacturing, commercial, and customers to understand and translate needs into measurements

• Build strong fundamental understanding of glass surface chemistries within Corning.

• Represent Corning at yearly conferences related to glass and ceramics where funding allows.


Travel requirements (please note if international): Limited travel may be required depending on projects Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time: 40 hours/week. Some overtime should be expected.


Education and Experience (minimum required for consideration): • PhD in chemistry, physics, materials science, or a related science field.


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

• Extensive knowledge of surfaces and surface chemistry tools

• Extensive knowledge of Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) and its application to solving and understanding material science problems.

• Strong understanding of glass surfaces and glass surface analysis.

• Self-starter and flexible, works as an individual contributor

• Technical problem solving and experimental design skills – ability to question, design and carry out experimentation, analyze, and evaluate data/information from multiples sources and provide recommendations.

• Strong organizational skills, with a demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities; analyze a large volume of data and reduce to key actionable items

• Ability to work across multiple functions ranging from manufacturing processes to RD&E associated with new product platform development

• Ability to build successful relationships with technical and manufacturing organizations

• Strong communications skills (verbal, written, and presentations). Ability to clearly express technical ideas

• Focused, timely, and rigorous application of scientific methods

• Strong understanding of vacuum systems and required maintenance.


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

• Experience with statistical analysis platforms including but not limited to Principal Components Analysis (PCA). • Computer programming.


Soft Skills (Communication/Team/Leadership):

• Ability to work in a global environment and schedule time effectively.

• Ability and comfort with driving multiple projects at a time.

• Able to establish a strong network across the technology community both inside of and outside of Corning.  Ability to engage in teamwork.

• Comfortable with risk and rapid changes.


This position supports immigration sponsorship.

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.

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