Development Engineer II

Requisition Number: 43589


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.


Summary: The successful candidate will be responsible for development of new processes and products using UV-curable materials. Specific knowledge of the use of these materials in fiber optic processes would be helpful, although not required. Candidate is expected to apply expertise in materials science, chemistry, and/or chemical engineering to support new product and process development activities. Candidate will perform material selection, establish tooling design requirements, and develop machine set points for ideal manufacturing conditions. Candidate may collaborate on mechanical design modifications needed to support new products and processes. It is also anticipated that the candidate will serve as a subject matter expertise for ad-hoc teams which may be formed to solve specific problems which arise with the processing or performance of UV-curable materials.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Participate in project teams, developing new products and processes
  • Conduct research, propose experiments and analyze data to test hypotheses to enhance understanding of products and processes and to provide Corning with inventive solutions toward new development efforts
  • Identify and investigate new UV-curable materials for cost reductions and new products
  • Balance hands-on work related activities with technical leadership related activities
  • Collaborate with research and manufacturing functions throughout product development cycle
  • Guide test technicians to develop new test methods
  • Communicate and document results in technical reports and presentations
  • Maintain strong interaction with polymer personnel located in US, Germany and Poland
  • Assist and/or lead product development projects (globally) to accomplish design and cost reduction goals
  • Interface with suppliers and procurement to test and evaluate new materials, analytical equipment and services.
  • Work with suppliers to resolve problems with materials as well as maintain relationship with suppliers to stay abreast of new material availability.


Education and Experience (Minimum required for consideration)

  • MS in Materials Science, Chemical Engineering or equivalent degree. 
  • PhD is desirable. 
  • 5 years’ professional experience with industrial processes using UV-curable materials.


Desired Skills (These are skills that candidates MAY posses)

  • Experience in computer aided design for mechanical drawings. 
  • Experience with rigorous project management. 


Required Skills (These are skills that candidates MUST possess)

  • Familiarity with UV Materials and curing mechanisms. 
  • Knowledge of Material Characterization techniques. 
  • Ability to perform statistical analysis to interpret experimental results. 
  • Individual must be capable of executing project assignments in a team-based environment with minimal supervision. 
  • Solid written and verbal skills, with experience with Microsoft Office tools.


Soft Skills (Communication/Team/Leadership)

  • Good communication/presentation skills at multiple levels including teams/management/customers.
  • Good facilitation and collaboration skills to enable ambiguous evaluations. 
  • A bias towards action: results-driven and details-oriented.
  • Good interpersonal and relationship building skills.
  • Able to work on multiple projects at one time.


This position does not support immigration sponsorship. 




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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.

Salary Range
$60,000.00 - 86,000.00
per Year
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Hickory, NC 28601, US