SAOT Young Researcher Award in Optical Technologies was Conferred

Laureate Dr. Andreas Jesacher (center) shares his happiness about the YRA and the associated prize money in the amount of 100,000 euro with Professor Joachim Hornegger (left), President of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, and SAOT Coordinator Professor Michael Schmidt (right). (Source: SAOT)

Laureate Dr. Andreas Jesacher (center) shares his happiness about the YRA and the associated prize money in the amount of 100,000 euro with Professor Joachim Hornegger (left), President of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, and SAOT Coordinator Professor Michael Schmidt (right).
(Source: SAOT)

In the beginning of July, the Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT) presented the eighth SAOT Young Researcher Award in Optical Technologies (YRA). Award winner is Dr. Alexander Jesacher from the Division for Biomedical Physics of the Medical University Innsbruck. With this decision SAOT’s Board of Directors decorated the scientist’s outstanding contributions related to “Diffractive Optics in Camera-Based Scanning Microscopy”. Now, Jesacher gets the opportunity to carry on his research work in close collaboration with several SAOT scientists.

For Jesacher whose focus of research is on different microscopic methods and laser micro-fabrication, the YRA is a great chance: „The SAOT Young Researcher Award is an excellent opportunity for me, as it would allow me to be a part of a powerful network of expertise in optics“. As a result, he said, he could not only expand his knowledge on this exciting field, also the members of SAOT would benefit from his skills. Besides the money, the prize includes a twelve month research stay at Erlangen. The awardee can visit the SAOT either for one continuous stay or several shorter stays. While being in Erlangen, Jesacher will have the formal status of a guest professor and will give lectures and seminars for the doctoral candidates of SAOT, too.

In 2006 the SAOT was established at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg 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 and research training program towards a Dr.-degree (PhD) within a highly attractive research environment. The YRA is granted annually. It is open to young researchers with a proven record in optics, photonics and optical technologies. The maximum age at the date of application is 40 years. Deadline for application for the 2016 YRA is November 15th, 2015. The decision will be announced in February 2016. (Source: SAOT)

Links: Erlangen Graduated School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT)

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