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Research Scientist - Optics

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Date: Jul 13, 2022

Location: Painted Post, NY, US, 14830

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 56137


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 successful candidate will drive research projects focusing on polarization and birefringence measurements, polarized light interaction with materials, and data collection and analysis. In addition, the candidate will play a key role in developing analysis techniques for existing and novel optical systems. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the creation of relevant IP to protect key inventions related to birefringence signatures. Works primarily in an optics lab with a team of scientists and technicians designing and running experiments. Uses the principles and theories of science and engineering, especially utilizing mathematics and physics, to provide technical support to engineers involved in the design of optical and electro-optical systems and components. Works on assignments that are complex in nature where considerable judgment and initiative are required in resolving problems and making recommendations. May determine methods and procedures on new assignments and may provide guidance to other personnel. Designs, develops, and implements testing methods and equipment. Plans and arranges the labor, schedules, and equipment required for testing and evaluating standard and special devices. Provides test area with parameters for sample testing and specifies tests to be performed. Compiles data and defines changes required in testing equipment, testing procedures, manufacturing processes, or new testing requirements. Responsible for testing all customer samples and for special tests that cannot be performed in the test area. Works on problems of diverse scope where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors. Exercises judgment within generally defined practices and policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Propose and execute research projects/activities primarily involving polarization and birefringence measurements.
  • Perform optical stress birefringence measurements and ad hoc experimental setups.
  • Develop optical metrology setups.
  • Develop experiment workflows for customers.
  • Design Excel workbooks to track, analyze, and share data with research teams.
  • Work closely with other research scientists, engineers, and technicians to execute multi-disciplinary experiments.
  • Collaborate on various materials and projects, design experiments, and execute technology transfer with various organizations in Corning, NY, and other Corning sites.



Minimum: BS/BA (or equivalent) in physics, electrical engineering or related technical field with significant experimental/industry experience in polarization related metrology.

Preferred: MS in optics, electrical engineering or related field with experimental/industry experience or PhD in experimental optical physics or related field.


Required Skills:

  • Optics background and optics first principles (free space optical development, optical setup design, troubleshooting, polarization optics).
  • Strong background in data handling and processing skills.
  • Experience with polarization, polarization sensitive measurement devices, and familiarity with stress-induced birefringence.
  • Ability to analyze and resolve highly complex technical problems quickly and independently.
  • Image processing (ImageJ, MATLAB, or LabView, for example).
  • Programming experience (MATLAB, Python, LabView, Visual Studio, C#, Halcon, for example) and MS Excel.


Desired Skills:

  • Previous experience in leading projects.
  • Experience with ZEMAX, COMSOL, or similar.
  • Familiarity with polarimetry or ellipsometry.
  • Familiarity with mechanics of stress and strain.


Soft Skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work with multiple, interdisciplinary teams
  • Ability to work on multiple projects with minimal oversight
  • Collaborative and able to communicate complex ideas to project team members and customers clearly


Travel requirements: <5 % travel - some international.


Hours of work/work schedule: 40 hours/week, with extended hours if needed.


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, 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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