Optical Development Leader, Integration and Applications in Corning

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Position Description:

The Optical Development Leader will manage a group of 3-4 optical scientists and engineers, lead cross-disciplinary product and process integration, and support understanding of end applications to provide insight on material and product development activities and strategies for various Advanced Optics product lines.


• Lead a group of 3-4 scientists, engineers and technicians and provide functional supervision

• Share technical insight on multiple optics and metrology projects that the team members are involved in

• Lead optics-based development projects starting with receivership from Research and transfer to Engineering and/or Manufacturing

• Deliver optical products and processes across various product lines by leveraging design concepts in geometrical and physical optics

• Evaluate system-level tradeoffs to optimize design and provide cross-disciplinary feedback to adjacent disciplines (opto-mechanics, optical materials, fabrication, coatings, etc.)

• Investigate existing and potential end-applications of Corning technologies and articulate strategy to address portfolio gaps in development

• Collaborate with Research team in developing fundamental optical tools (models, test-beds, etc.) to test hypotheses around new and adjacent applications of Corning’s optical products and systems

• Understand and participate in road-mapping activities, and help define technology direction for various product lines

• Collaborate with the commercial team to develop value proposition, generate white papers, and support technical interactions with customers

• Stay abreast of technical trends and developments in the industry by attending appropriate trade-shows and conferences


• Ph.D. or equivalent in Optics, Physics, or Engineering

Experience and skills:

• 15+ year experience in design and/or development of optical products

• Experience in managing scientists and engineers

• Well-versed in application of optics to various industries such as semiconductor fabrication, automotive sensors and consumer electronics devices

• Experienced in technology interactions with customers, with ability to form deep professional relationships

• Strong depth and breadth across geometrical and physical optics, and ability to interface with other technology SME’s (mechanics, materials, reliability, etc.) • Ability to breakdown high-level system needs into sub-system and component-level requirement

• Understanding of optical materials, fabrication techniques, and metrology instruments

• Skilled in how optical materials, devices and systems fit into the application eco-system

• Ability to develop value proposition based on technical evaluation

• Competence in competitive testing and benchmarking

• Demonstrated track record of cross-functional collaboration and delivery of innovative technologies

• Proficiency in Code V, Zemax, Light Tools, or similar ray-tracing software

• Ability to use Matlab, MathCad, C++, or similar tools for mathematical analysis

• Strong technical curiosity, problem solving, and desire to seek out answers and solutions

• Solid organization skills and ability to communicate at all levels of the organization (written and oral)

• Comfortable in working in an ambiguous environment


Up to 20% travel to various AO sites and for customer meetings

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