Research Associate, Optical Physics


Req #: 688

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.

Scope of Position:

This position of Research Associate, 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 telecommunication systems with fundamental research in structured materials to develop new advantaged optical products. We seek out scientists with experience in optics and materials. The candidate should have a track record of combining experimental results and fundamental understanding to yield new insights about the interaction of optical fields with surface and volumetric structures within glass and ceramics. Our projects are fast-paced, and we expect our scientists to rapidly build up new experimental and modeling capabilities as the need arises. 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 scientists knowledgeable in the variety of modeling techniques required to understand how features of these sizes impact material performance.

Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Develop and test new material and optical design concepts to improve display performance
  • Model, design, and measure optical structures that produce desired scattering and diffractive properties
  • Work closely with scientists, engineers, and technicians to develop and execute multi-disciplinary experiment plans
  • Develop and maintain a state-of-the-art understanding of current display and/or telecommunication systems technology
  • Develop subject matter expertise in display optics and provide consulting to Corning business units

Travel Requirements: < 10%, some international travel required

Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time: 9-5

Required Education: MSc. Or Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry, Material Science, Electrical Engineering

Required Years and Area of Experience: 0 years beyond graduate school

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of optics and optical properties of materials
  • Practical experience in experimental optics
  • Deep technical understanding of light-matter interactions
  • Demonstrated experience in data processing techniques such as Matlab, Octave, R, Python, Ruby, PERL, C, or similar packages/languages
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience in collaborative research

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience in physical modeling using tools such as Zemax, LightTools, Lumerical, MEEP, MPB, ANSYS, or similar tools
  • Experience in working on interdisciplinary teams

Soft Skills (Communication/Team/Leadership):

  • Ability to prioritize tasks across multiple projects
  • Passion for getting technology into the world
  • Ability to work with people having different styles and perspectives

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.

Painted Post, NY, US