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Research Scientist - Optics

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Date: Apr 23, 2022

Location: Painted Post, NY, US, 14830

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 52098


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 Micro and Nano Optics (MNO) research department of the Science and Technology Division. MNO combines deep understanding of display, light sources, and sensing systems with fundamental research in structured materials to develop new advantaged optical products. We seek out scientists with experience in optical design, fabrication, or characterization. The candidate must have a track record of combining fundamental optical physics principles to demonstrate novel optical components, imaging or display systems, or metrology. As part of Corning Global Research we leverage world-class expertise and capabilities in optical metrology, material finishing, and replication in our 2,000,000 ft2 laboratory in upstate New York and our research centers across the globe. From consumer electronics to semiconductor lithography to quantum communications, MNO’s scientists understand our customer’s needs, translate those needs into hypotheses, and execute the design, modeling, and experiments required to test those hypotheses.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Participate on project teams working to develop optical component for display, consumer electronics, photonics, or other emerging technology areas
  • Model, design, and measure optical structures that produce desired refractive, diffractive, or scattering properties
  • Work closely with scientists, engineers, and technicians to develop and execute experiment plans
  • Build subject matter expertise in optics, materials, and fabrication disciplines; consult with commercial peers in various business units
  • Document knowledge in formal and informal reports


Travel requirements:  < 10% some international travel required


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


Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of optics and optical properties of materials
  • Practical experience in experimental optics -Deep technical understanding of light-matter interactions
  • Demonstrated experience in data processing techniques such as Matlab, Octave, R, Python, Ruby, PERL, C, or similar packages/languages
  • Demonstrated experience in optical design, including knowledge of tools such as MacLeod, RSoft, Code V, Lighttools, and/or Zemax
  • Strong problem solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience in collaborative research


Education and Experience:

Required education: MSc or PhD in Optics, Physics, Electrical Engineering or other relevant field

Required experience: PhD required + 0-5 years’ experience


Desired Skills: 

  • Experience in applied research setting
  • Experience working on interdisciplinary teams
  • Experience with advanced computational techniques such as machine learning or computational optics
  • Experience in vision or color science


Soft Skills:

  • Ability to work in a dynamic environment
  • Ability to prioritize tasks across multiple efforts
  • Passion for learning new technology
  • Ability to work with people having different styles and perspectives
  • Embrace diversity in a cross-culture, global organization


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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