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Research Technician - Optics

Date: Aug 14, 2019

Location: Painted Post, NY, US, 14870

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 38399


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.


Odds are that the email you read this morning travelled over Corning Optical Fiber; the display you read your email on likely was made with Corning glass; and the vehicle you took to work had cleaner emissions because of a Corning catalytic substrate or diesel particulate filter. Time and again Corning Research has cleaned our world, kept us informed, and strengthened our personal connections. We are seeking out dedicated scientists who strive to see their research make a difference, and we prepare them to pursue the breakthroughs that come from unexpected experimental outcomes and to take their discoveries across the chasm to commercialization. If you have a passionate belief in the power of innovation to change the world; if you rate your own success by how many people are touched by your research; and if you are up to the challenge of doing world-class science to make real, profitable advanced materials, then visit Corning’s R&D website at .


Scope of position

This position of Research Technician, Optical Physics is in the Micro and Nano Optics (MNO) department of the Science and Technology Division of Corning. MNO combines deep understanding of display and sensing systems with fundamental research in structured materials to develop new advantaged optical products. We seek out technicians with excellent hands-on problem solving and data analysis skills to collaborate with our scientists to execute experiments and analyze data. The ideal candidate should have experience with aligning optical systems, executing optical measurements, and managing experimental data. Our projects are fast-paced, and we expect our technicians to have the curiosity and drive to learn new areas quickly. We constantly add to our experimental capabilities, which today include the full range of display system measurements, scattering measurements, waveguide measurements, and various linear and nonlinear spectroscopies. Our product design length scales go from tens of nanometers to tenths of millimeters --- requiring the use of a wide array of measurement techniques and management of spectral and imaging data.


Travel requirements (please note if international): < 10%, some international travel possible

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


Day to Day Responsibilities:

-Work with scientists to design, set up, and execute optical measurements.

-Manage the flow of samples to be measured and maintain the data for each sample

-Document experimental results in formal and informal reports

-Collaborate with project team members in other departments to solve technical problems


Required Skills:

-Hands-on experience in executing experiments or fixing/maintaining lab equipment


-Ability to execute experiments consistently and document what was done


-Experience in plotting and processing data in Excel, Matlab/Octave, R, Python, or similar packages


-Excellent oral and written communication skills


-Excellent organizational skills


Education and Experience (minimum required for consideration)

Required education: Associates degree in Applied Sciences


Required experience: 0 years beyond college


Desired Skills:

Desired education: BS in Physics, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or Biology


-Demonstrated experience in optics


-Demonstrated experience designing and executing experiments


Soft Skills:

-Ability to prioritize tasks across multiple projects

-Passion for getting technology into the world

-Ability to work with people having different styles and perspectives



This position does not support 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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