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Research Scientist - Optical Physics (m/f)

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Date: Jul 24, 2021

Location: St. Petersburg, Leningrad Oblast, RU, 194021

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 44692


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.


Scope of Position:

We are offering a unique job opportunity to conduct research in different fields of Optical Physics: modeling diffractive elements, meta-surfaces, dielectric, semiconductor and metal waveguides (including optical fibers), light scattering by surfaces and small inhomogeneities in a volume. This job provides a wide range of opportunities to invent and bring to fruition new life-changing technologies for displays, optical connectivity, integrated optics, etc.


The successful candidate will:

  • Work from the Corning Scientific Center in St. Petersburg, Russia and closely interact with other Corning R&D teams around the globe
  • Provide technical leadership and/or individual technical contribution for research projects, in which Fundamental and/or Applied Optical Physics is involved.
  • Play a leading role in creation of relevant IP to protect key inventions related to novel technical solutions


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Develop, implement and validate numerical models for optical waveguides, optical components based of diffractive elements and meta-surfaces, surface and volumetric scattering of light
  • In collaboration with experimental and testing groups, design experiments for validation of the numerical models
  • Prepare technical presentations and reports for Technology and Management teams
  • 10-15% global travel is expected.


Required Education and Experience:

  • Master's Degree, with Ph.D. preferred, in Theoretical Physics with emphasis on Physical Optics
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience of modeling and simulation of novel optical phenomena and devices.


Job Requirements:

  • Strong background in Mathematical Physics, especially in methods applied in Electrodynamics
  • Good understanding and practical experience of statistical methods of data processing
  • Good written and verbal communication skills in English are required to facilitate direct interaction with Corning global research teams


Job Preferences:

  • Good command of general purpose computational tools, specifically MATLAB, Mathcad, C/C++ and Python
  • Experience in the use of commercial software ZEAMAX, LightTools, COMSOL, RSoft
  • Established track record of technical achievements in Fundamental and/or Applied Optical Physics
  • Project Leadership skills
  • Independence, scientific curiosity, ability and desire to learn new areas.


Soft Skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills,
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated,
  • Ability to work with multiple teams across organizational and regional boundaries,
  • Excellent planning and time management skills; ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects
  • Flexibility to adjust work schedule to accommodate urgent business requests.