The Australian Optical Society 

This Prize recognizes an outstanding early career researcher for their contribution to the field of optics. The prize is $1500, awarded annually, and includes an invitation to give an extended presentation at the annual AOS conference. The winner of this prize will also write an article for AOS News.

An application consists of a one-page description of the researcher's career and research since completing their PhD. The one-page description should present the research in an accessible way to readers within optics, but outside the specific area of the applicant, and should convey the researcher’s approach to their research, rather than simply providing a list of achievements. A list of the applicant’s refereed journal or conference publications in the past 5 years should be attached separately. Publications must be accepted, not just submitted, and must include acceptance dates for any not yet published. Two confidential references are required for each application, one from the direct supervisor and one from an individual familiar with the applicant’s research, but outside the applicant’s institution. In each reference, the referees are asked to address the criteria for the award listed below. (Applicants should provide contact details for the referees in their applications, and request that the referees send their references directly to the AOS Secretary.)

The Prize is judged by a committee appointed by the AOS Council. Applicants must be members of AOS. The winner of the prize would be expected to present a talk at the AOS meeting at the end of that year. The award need not be made in a given year, if the Prize Committee so chooses.

Selection criteria for the award

  • Quality of the applicant’s research
  • Degree of independence shown in research
  • Evidence of applicant’s contribution to the field of Optics

*Early Career Researchers are defined for this purpose as being within 5 years of completion of their PhD (as defined by graduation date). If there are reasons for a career delay (such as family responsibilities) then these should be explained in an addendum to the application, and certified by an appropriate person such as the direct supervisor.

The nominations should include

1. Nomination / Reference 1 from nominator

2. Reference 2 outside of the home institution

3. CV

4. 1-page narrative

5. Publication list

Previous winners of the AOS Geoff Opat Early Career Researcher Prize are:

  • 2019 Dr Jiawen Li - University of Adelaide and Dr Ke Wang, RMIT University
  • 2018 Dr Mohsen Rahmani -  Australian National University
  • 2017 Dr Sergey Kruk -  Australian National University
  • 2016 Dr Andrea Blanco Redondo - University of Sydney
  • 2015 Dr Marcus Doherty - Australian National University
  • 2014 Dr Jochen Schroeder - University of Sydney
  • 2013 Dr Igor Aharonovich - The University of Technology Sydney
  • 2012 Dr Nathan Langford - The University of Queensland
  • 2011 Dr Thomas White - The University of Sydney
  • 2010 Dr Alexander Argyros - The University of Sydney
  • 2009 Dr Ilya Shadrivov - The Australian National University
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