Optical Metrology Engineer

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.

The Specialty Materials segment manufactures products that provide more than 150 material formulations for glass, glass ceramics and fluoride crystals to meet demand for unique customer needs. Consequently, this segment operates in a wide variety of commercial and industrial markets that include display optics and components, semiconductor optics components, aerospace and defense, astronomy, ophthalmic products, telecommunications components and cover glass that is optimized for portable display devices.


Purpose of Position:

  • This purpose of this position is to develop measurement and optimization tools and infrastructure for Corning Advanced Optics products as a member of a cross functional team. The team succeeds when those tools and knowledge are transferred to the plant for serial manufacturing.


Major Responsibilities

  • Devise various test methods to measure and analyze complex lens assemblies and optical modules
  • Write test procedures for transfer/training manufacturing operations personnel.
  • Design, assemble, align, and characterize complex custom metrology equipment such as interferometers, wavefront sensors, radiometers, lithography equipment, and illumination systems to test various optical components, sub-assemblies, and assemblies
  • Interpret system specifications; work with internal and external customers to understand specification requirements.
  • Participate in product design; provide feedback and consultation to Product Designers.
  • Measure many aspects of optical systems; test and optimization of prototype lens systems
  • Document test processes and procedures to train technical personnel
  • Work within multi-disciplined project team to analyze, engineer & build lens systems from conception to completion
  • Work in a fast paced high tech environment
  • Domestic travel - 5%


Education, Experience and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in Optics, Imaging Sciences, or Physics. 
  • MS or PhD degree preferred
  • 1 - 5 years working experience in optical engineering in a laboratory environment
  • High level of understanding of optical test methods (interferometry, wavefront sensing, aerial image analysis, radiometry, polarization/polarimetry, etc)
  • A high degree of familiarity with lasers, electro-optics, precision mechanics, and optical modeling SW (e.g., lens design, image analysis, interferometry) is desired
  • Proficiency in Excel, Matlab, and other analytical software applications
  • Lens system testing concept and principles.
  • A foundation and understanding of aberration theory, geometrical optics and physical optics is necessary
  • Must have strong presentation and technical writing skills
  • Must be able to work on highly cross-functional  teams in a dynamic work environment
  • Ability to document experimental results and procedures
  •  Knowledge of lean manufacturing concepts
  • Rigorous problem solving skills
  • Comfortable working with all organizational levels including plant hourly, plant staff, technical / professional and business leadership


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.

Full time
Fairport, New York 14450, US