The Australian Optical Society 


This Prize recognizes an outstanding early career researcher for her/his 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 her/his 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.

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.

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

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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