Defects and Mineralogy Engineer

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Defects and Mineralogy Engineer

Are you interested in “Life Changing Innovation”? As with Thomas Edison, we have a history of working with the world’s greatest innovators. We solve our customers’ most complex problems that others can’t or won’t. Collaboration, Innovative Spirit and Career Development are just a few of the reasons world class professionals choose Corning Incorporated for a career. We are headquartered in Corning - a vibrant city in Upstate, NY where residents enjoy the benefits of a rich arts and culture scene, one of the world’s fastest-growing wine regions and a family friendly area with affordable homes and quality education.
Corning is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics, creating and manufacturing keystone components that enable high-technology systems.
Corning’s history is filled with breakthrough technologies that have played an important role in the way the world works. We thrive on solving difficult, commercially relevant problems through an innovative and collaborative research and development process. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, more than 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, and a distinctive collaborative culture.
Corning's Manufacturing, Technology and Engineering division (MTE) is recognized as the leader in engineering excellence & innovative manufacturing technologies by providing diverse skills to Corning’s existing & emerging businesses.
We anticipate & provide timely, valued, leading edge manufacturing technologies and engineering expertise. We partner with Corning’s businesses and the Science & Technology division. Together we create and sustain Corning’s manufacturing as a differential advantage.

Scope of Position:
Applying knowledge of glass and ceramics composition/properties, mineralogy and crystallography to effectively analyze, identify, and describe defects and testing results of production and experimental samples. This corporate engineering role serves all existing businesses. Team members support projects ranging from initial research through stage 5 manufacturing. The organization serves a flexible base of resources and knowledge which facilitates rapid solution development and emphasizes strong technical competence. A team of microscopy and mineralogy experts, they investigate process and product interactions in glass & ceramic research, development, and manufacturing.

Day to Day Responsibilities:
• Understand microscopic defects and material properties and their impact on Corning’s products and processes.
• Drive root cause understanding to improve yield, extend asset life, reduce costs, improve product attributes and enable new products.
• Manage workload to ensure optimal turnaround and experimental efficiency.
• Document all results in internal, structured reports.
• Maintain high quality engineering principles, including the use of statistics, structured problem solving methods and regimented analytical protocols
• Measure and communicate performance against objectives.

Travel Requirements: up to 10%, some international

Hours: Flex time; typical 8:00-5:00; Monday-Friday. Some projects may require additional hours.

Required Education: Technical degree – geology; glass, materials, ceramic; or similar

Required Years and Area of Experience: High degree of technical competence

Required Skills:
• Hands on experience (SEM, EDX, optical (petrographic) microscopy, etc.) and knowledge of microscopic lab tools (microprobe, SIMS, ICPMS, FTIR, etc.)
• Desire to work in a lab environment
• Glass, ceramics, process engineering basics
• Strong communication skills to enable collaboration with scientists and engineers
• Ability to assimilate quickly and produce valuable results.
• Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with customers, suppliers, and co-workers.
• Problem solving skills

Desired Skills:
• Experience with optical mineralogy
• Familiarity with multicomponent oxide diffusion in molten species
• Statistical analysis
• Innovative and creative
• Strong multi-tasker

Soft Skills:
• Strong communication skills, able to work across boundaries at all levels of the organization
• Able to foster a diverse and inclusive environment built on credibility, transparency, openness, and trust
• Flexible and adaptable
• Strong networking skills
• Able to work independently
• Sense of urgency
• Results oriented
• Positive attitude
EOE/AA including Veterans and Disabled.

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