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Sr Research Scientist, Laser Processing Research

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Date: Jul 19, 2022

Location: Painted Post, NY, US, 14830

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 53206


Corning is one of the world's leading innovators in materials science, with a 170-year track record of life-changing inventions. We apply our unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramics science, and optical physics, along with deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities, to develop category-defining products that transform industries and enhance people's lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in RD&E, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and deep, trust-based relationships with customers who are global leaders in their industries. We remain steadfast to a core set of Values that defines our relationship with employees, customers, and surrounding communities as we expand our product offerings or enter new markets. We are presently recruiting talented and imaginative individuals with backgrounds in materials science, physics, optical and other engineering disciplines that share our Values and excitement for discovery.


Scope of Position:

The successful candidate would work in the Laser Processing Research (LPR) department within the Applied Optical Physics directorate in Corning’s Research and Development Division. LPR leverages deep understanding of lasers sources, material science, machine learning, precision engineering, and optics to enable scalable manufacturable processes for current and future products ranging from fiber optics, photonic devices, quantum systems, pharmaceuticals, and consumer electronics. We seek scientists or engineers capable of combining optical physics and engineering principles to develop innovative laser-based micro-machining processes. Relevant experience includes optical design, laser systems, photonic systems, and software controls. The ideal senior laser processing scientist will perform multi-disciplinary research with other scientists, engineers, and technicians to design and conduct experiments, develop fundamental understanding of laser-matter interactions, develop tools to simulate laser-material interactions, and invent new processing methods that meet internal or external customer requirements.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

• Propose and execute new research concepts which advance fundamental understanding of light-matter (specifically, laser-glass) interactions

• Build subject matter expertise in optics, materials, and laser processes; consult or collaborate with other subject matter experts across various business units or research departments

• Translate experimental results and theoretical insights into new passive or active optical products or manufacturable processes

• Develop scalable metrological processes;

• Integrate controls and diagnostic tools for monitoring and optimizing laser processes

• Document system designs and results; generate and file invention disclosures

• Integrate optical components onto work benches designed for laser micro-machining (ablating, cutting, welding, etc.)

Travel requirements (please note if international): • < 10% domestic, with occasional international travel required

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


Education and Experience:

• PhD degree in Optics, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Physical Chemistry, Materials Science (>5 yr. post-graduate professional or military experience)

• MS degree in Optics, Physics, Electrical Engineering , Material Science (>10 yr. professional or military experience)


Required Skills:

• Expertise with laser systems, notably mode-locked fiber or solid-state lasers

• Demonstrated working knowledge of optics and materials properties

• Working knowledge of light-matter interactions or laser micro-machining techniques

• Strong problem-solving skills

• Excellent oral and written communication skills

• Demonstrated expertise in numerical analysis techniques, optical modeling, or beam propagation software


Desired Skills:  

• Expertise controlling laboratory equipment

• Practical experience using CAD tools

• Microwave photonics

• Project management


Soft Skills:

• Ability to prioritize tasks across multiple projects

• Passion for discovery and learning

• Strong ethos for inclusion and fair collaboration across global organization

• Self-motivated


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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