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Research Associate-Optics

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Date: Feb 23, 2021

Location: Sunnyvale, CA, US, 94085

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 42727


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.


Research at Corning has created life changing technologies from low loss optical fiber to damage resistant glass and filters to reduce air pollution. We innovate from a deep understanding of emerging applications combined with unparalleled capabilities to design and manufacture novel materials at scale. Our research and development teams enjoy a culture born of science and entrepreneurship. We are seeking optical scientists and engineers looking to use Corning’s unique materials to develop active optical systems. Candidates should have experience with optical architecture design, simulation as well as prototyping and testing. This is an opportunity to work with talented interdisciplinary teams that span the globe. This position, Research Associate, Optical Design, is in the Optical Applications Research group of Corning’s Science and Technology Division and located in Sunnyvale, CA. Optical Applications Research works with customers and technology partners to understand the requirements of emerging optical applications and develops novel solutions that can be efficiently manufactured.


Day to Day Responsibilities

• Investigate emerging optical applications. Initiate/support research projects to create new industry-changing product categories leveraging Corning materials and processes

• Work with customers, partners and team members to determine requirements for new products

• Identify and evaluate potential system design concepts to meet optical performance targets and satisfy form-factor, environmental and manufacturing constraints.

• Design, simulate, prototype and test optical systems incorporating novel optical components

• Invent differentiated components and sub-systems and protect with patents


Required Education

MS or Ph.D. in Optical or Electrical Engineering, Physics or a related field. 5+ years of experience.


Required skills

• Demonstrated experience developing multi-element optical systems to meet challenging requirements

• Knowledge of optical modeling and design tools based on ray and physical optics (such as Zemax, Code V, LightTools, Lumerical) and familiarity with their limitations.

• Ability to design and build laboratory test systems to verify/troubleshoot system performance

• Knowledge of programming/scripting tools such as Python, Matlab, Ruby, PERL, C/C++

• Ability to work collaboratively in multifunctional teams spread over multiple locations

• Ability to learn new applications quickly and deeply

• Excellent oral and written communication skills


Travel Requirements

< 20%, domestic and some international travel required (when pandemic conditions permit)


This position supports visa assistance

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.

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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