Call for applications: SAOT Young Researcher Award 2022

SAOT - Young Researcher Award 2022
Picture: Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT)

Award for optical technology researchers runs for 12th time

The Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT) is inviting young academics to apply for the Young Researcher Award (YRA) in Advanced Optical Technologies. The award was created with scientists in mind that have a proven record in optics, photonics and optical technologies. Since 2008, it has been given to researchers from around the globe already eleven times.

The YRA is remunerated with 100.000 € and comes with a twelve months research visit to Erlangen as well as the formal status of a guest professor.

Conditions of participation

In order to be considered for the YRA, please submit your application by February 28, 2022. Necessary documents include your CV, a proposal for your research stay in Erlangen, letters of recommendation, and a list of publications. Please visit the SAOT page for further application details.

The winner will be announced in April, 2022.

About SAOT

Optics is one of the key technologies of the 21st century with various fields of application. At Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), departments working in the area of optics can be found at the Faculty of Sciences, the Faculty of Engineering, and the Faculty of Medicine.

In 2006, the Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT) was established within the “Excellence Initiative by the German Federal and State Governments to promote Science and Research at German Universities” to provide an interdisciplinary, structured education program towards a doctoral degree (PhD) within a highly attractive research environment. One of the key concepts of SAOT is the integration of guest scientists in both research and education.

Further information

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Applications can be sent to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Schmidt, Director and Coordinator of SAOT via