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Sr. Development Engineer

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Date: Sep 28, 2021

Location: Wilmington, NC, US, 28405

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 49287


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.

Our Optical Communications segment has recently evolved from being a manufacturer of optical fiber and cable, hardware and equipment to being a comprehensive provider of industry-leading optical solutions across the broader communications industry.This segment is classified into two main product groupings – carrier network and enterprise network. The carrier network product group consists primarily of products and solutions for optical-based communications infrastructure for services such as video, data and voice communications. The enterprise network product group consists primarily of optical-based communication networks sold to businesses, governments and individuals for their own use.


Purpose of the Position:

The Senior Development Engineer is responsible for Project Management and/or individual technical execution to develop new processes/products and/or process conditions for improved product attributes or reduced cost of optical fiber. Scope includes receiving projects from R&D that have demonstrated product and process concepts with a promising Value Proposition and managing them to achieve demonstrated profitability with verified market channels.


The Senior Development Engineer is expected to use defined processes in solving problems and designing definitive experiments to drive understanding and to further engage Scientists & Engineers for modeling and characterization (existing or develop new), Product Engineering for product qualification, Manufacturing groups to ensure process control, quality architecture definition, and safety and Commercial organizations for continued validation of the business case. Scope further includes matrixed supervision and may extend to direct supervision. Cross-business networking to achieve optimal product, application, and business success is expected.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

• Manage a structured product/process development and utilize the Innovation Process and relevant risk management tools to ensure on-time delivery

• Use established processes to identify concepts for manufacturing new and advantaged products and processes; design and execute product or process validation tests in a manufacturing plant; analyze data, draw conclusions, and make recommendations

• Manage a cross-functional team and apply traditional project management methodologies of performance, scheduling, and cost control; set direction, roles and responsibilities, and priorities for team members and self-directed work

• Collaborate with product or process design experts in other organizations

• Participate on cross-functional teams

• Use scientific method to define problems, outline hypotheses, design critical experiments and use fundamental understanding to drive robust solutions

• Communicate and document results

• Provide cost of manufacturability analyses


Education & Experience:

• B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering or Materials Science/Engineering; M.S. or Ph.D. degree in similar discipline strongly encouraged

• 5-10 years of work experience preferred


Required Skills:

• Process engineering knowledge/experience commensurate with a B.S. degree and >5 years of manufacturing and/or development experience

• Working knowledge of physical phenomena (static and dynamic physics, heat and mass transfer, solid & fluid mechanics, optics, etc.) with a strong background in product and process integration

• Ability to work with other engineering disciplines (e.g. Mechanical, Electrical) to create prototype product and process solutions

• Ability to design and carry out experiments in lab and manufacturing environments

• Proficient in the use of MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)


Desired Skills:

• Knowledge/experience in organic coating materials & application, free-radical polymerization and optical fiber draw and downstream manufacturing

• Proficient in data analysis tools and techniques

• Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously

• Advanced, demonstrated problem solving skills

• Sound understanding of material properties & capabilities and ability to apply understanding to work product Soft Skills

• Strong independent work ethic

• Attention to detail with excellent organizational skills

• Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written)

• Ability to work interactively on cross-functional teams with ties to Research, Early Stage Development, and Manufacturing

• Ability to work interactively with Commercial, Product Line and Applications Engineering functions and translate customer feedback into actionable technical work


Other Information:

Travel Requirements: Up to 25% 

Hours of work: 40+ hours per week, primarily 8AM to 5PM 


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, 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.

Nearest Major Market: Wilmington