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Research Scientist- Optical Waveguides

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Date: Jul 29, 2022

Location: Painted Post, NY, US, 14830

Company: Corning

Requisition Number:54324

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:

This position is for a sr. research staff in high data rate optical communication systems group. The preferred candidate should have in-depth knowledge of and hands-on experience in waveguide materials, and waveguide optics (fiber and planar waveguides) for optical communication system, including waveguide design, fabrication, characterization and transmission. We are looking for a strong leader and team player who is curious about future technologies, has a proven track recorder of critical thinking and effective skills in solving real-world problems with invention and innovation.


As a subject matter expert and thought leader, the candidate will have the opportunities to propose and lead research initiatives, collaborate with multidisciplinary and cross-functional teams, and drive technological advancement and new scientific discovery to support current and future business in optical communications. She or he will be responsible of developing tools and concepts in anticipation of future state of technology for the business, as well as provide troubleshooting support or testing for businesses that do not have the capability.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Proposes and leads new research initiatives or/and establish new technical capabilities
  • Acts as technical expert or Subject Matter Expert in design and fabrication of optical waveguide optics for high data rate optical communication
  • Closely work with material scientists to explore and optimize the properties of optical waveguide materials
  • Applies state of art techniques, develop novel methods to characterize properties and test transmission performance of the optical waveguide optics
  • Modifies and develops testing processes to improve evaluation of new products or new properties
  • Documents research findings in internal research reports, invention disclosures and refereed publications
  • Makes technical presentations to stakeholders, external customers and at conferences
  • Coaches and mentors others in area(s) of expertise


Travel requirements: <10%


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time: 40 hours/week


Education and Experience:

PhD in Optics, Physics or other related majors with 5+ years of applied research or industrial R&D experience.


Required Skills:

  • In-depth knowledge of light propagation in optical waveguides, including optical components, optical fibers and planar waveguides and specialty fibers
  • In-depth knowledge and experience in characterization and system testing of optical waveguide and components
  • Experiences in numerical simulation tools for light propagation, generation and sensing in optical waveguides
  • Knowledge in passive and active components in optical communication systems
  • Strong problem solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Demonstrated ability to document experimental results in reports and publications.


Desired Skills:

  • Hands-on experiences and ability in design and fabrication of optical waveguide and components
  • Knowledge & experiences in novel optical material systems, design and fabrication of integrated photonics
  • Post doc or Industry experiences in novel fiber design and fabrication such as SDM is a plus


Soft Skills:

  • Must be a team player
  • Effective communicator in a variety of formal presentation settings: one-on-one, small and large groups, with peers, direct reports, and management
  • Can effectively deal with changes and uncertainty
  • Independent, requiring minimal day-to-day supervision
  • Ability to propose and carry out new research efforts


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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