Chair Professor/Director of SUSTech Center for Complex Flows and Soft Matter Research Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering

Education

• Ph.D. in Physics, University of Pittsburgh (1987)

• M.Sc. in Physics, University of Pittsburgh (1982)

• B.Sc. in Physics, Lanzhou University (1981)

Employment History

• 2018.9-present: Chair Professor, Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology

• 2014-2018.8: Choh-Ming Li Professor of Physics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

• 2010-2015: Chairman, Department of Physics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

• 2002-2014: Professor, Department of Physics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

• 1995-2002: Associate Professor, Department of Physics, The Chinese

University of Hong Kong

• 1992-1995: Lecturer, Department of Physics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

• 1989-1992: Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Physics and Department of Chemistry, Cornell University

• 1987-1989: Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Honours and Awards

• Fellow, American Physical Society (elected 2010)

• State Natural Science Award of China, (2nd Class) (2009)

• Croucher Senior Research Fellowship (2005)

• China Higher Education Science and Technology Award (2nd Class) (2001)

Professional services

• 2016-present: Associate Editor, Journal of Fluid Mechanics

• 2012-present: Associate Editor, European Physical Journal E

• 2011-2017: Editor, Journal of Turbulence

Personal Profile

Education
• Ph.D. in Physics, University of Pittsburgh (1987)
• M.Sc. in Physics, University of Pittsburgh (1982)
• B.Sc. in Physics, Lanzhou University (1981)

Employment History
• 2018.9-present: Chair Professor, Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology
• 2014-2018.8: Choh-Ming Li Professor of Physics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
• 2010-2015: Chairman, Department of Physics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
• 2002-2014: Professor, Department of Physics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
• 1995-2002: Associate Professor, Department of Physics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
• 1992-1995: Lecturer, Department of Physics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
• 1989-1992: Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Physics and Department of Chemistry, Cornell University
• 1987-1989: Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Honours and Awards
• Fellow, American Physical Society (elected 2010)
• State Natural Science Award of China, (2nd Class) (2009)
• Croucher Senior Research Fellowship (2005)
• China Higher Education Science and Technology Award (2nd Class) (2001)

Professional services
• 2016-present: Associate Editor, Journal of Fluid Mechanics
• 2012-present: Associate Editor, European Physical Journal E
• 2011-2017: Editor, Journal of Turbulence

Research

Physical Oceanography, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Fluid Turbulence, Complex Fluids


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Chair Professor Xia has long been engaged in the study of fluid mechanics and fluid turbulence, and has achieved systematic and innovative results, including:

First, an original experimental method employed in measurement of the strong coupling boundary layer; the proposal of the boundary layer dynamic reconstruction method, extending the static Prand-Brassius theory to the dynamic form; thus providing a key basis for the establishment of the theoretical model.

Second, the relevation of the origin, the driving mechanism and the multi-scale turbulent structure interaction mechanism of large-scale turbulence structures.

Thirdly, the determination of the regulation mechanism of the spatial distribution of energy dissipation rate on the overall transport of turbulent systems, revealing the essence of the plume as the basic heat carrier, which provides an important scientific basis for improving heat transfer efficiency in industrial applications.

Based on the above results, Professor Xia received the second prize of the 2009 National Natural Science Award (the first person to complete). The above results were also evaluated by the American Physical Society as "a temendous contribution to the experimental research and understanding of thermal turbulence", and he was thus elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2010. In 2005, he was awarded the Outstanding Scientific Researcher Award by the Croucher Foundation.

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Founded in December 2015, the Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) is one of departments in the College of Engineering. It aims to establish a world-leading department in mechanics and aerospace engineering, covering various research areas such as fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, thermodynamics, aeroacoustics, mechanics, combustion, material, and system control. The Department will learn from the best practice of peer departments over the world in order to develop into an international research institution that attends to the national strategic needs in mechanics and aerospace, cultivates outstanding innovative talents, and conducts frontier fundamental research and applied research with social impact. 
The goal of the Department is to become a top-tier international leader through introducing an innovative education system which emphasizes IUR (Industry-University-Research) in close association with the Chinese aerospace industry. The specific objectives are: 1) to nurture innovative talents (learning); 2) to research and develop key technologies (research); and 3) to provide technical services (production) for the national aerospace industry.
 

Two Postdoctoral Fellow Positions at the Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering of Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech)

 

  1. Postdoctoral Fellow in Soft and Active Matter Physics 

  A Postdoctoral Fellow position is available at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), Shenzhen, China. Under the joint supervision of Prof. XIA Keqing and WU Yilin from the SUSTech Center for Complex Flows and Soft Matter Research, the candidate will work on research projects broadly related to soft and active matter physics, including but not limited to self-organization and dynamics of complex flows, collective motion in biological systems, mechanics and rheology of active matter, and self-assembly of molecular machines or soft robotics.  While candidates with either an experimental or theoretical background are welcome, the successful applicant is expected to collaborate closely with other team members and contribute their expertise in experiment, computation or theory. 

  1. Postdoctoral Fellow in Astrophysics and Astronomy

Adaptive Mesh Refinement (AMR) is an important technique in numerical simulations when the dynamic range of scales in interest is large; for example, turbulence in molecular cloud and fluid circular motion over a large range of radius. We have developed a magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) code, Scorpio, equipped with functions of, e.g., two-fluid ambipolar diffusion, self-gravity, turbulence driving and AMR. Most of the functions have been widely tested and applied in numerical experiments except for 3D AMR. We are looking for a postdoc researcher to complete the tests of Scorpio AMR and apply it to the projects in SUSTech jointly supervised by Prof. XIA Keqing and Prof. LU Baihua from the SUSTech Center for Complex Flows and Soft Matter Research.

 

Applicants should have (i) a high-quality PhD degree obtained within the last five years in related fields; (ii) excellent track record in research; (iii) good written and oral skills in English; and (iv) self-motivation and the ability to work independently as well as in a team in an interdisciplinary environment.

We offer (i) excellent working conditions in an inspiring and collaborative environment; (ii) opportunities to participate regularly in diverse scientific activities; and (iii) a competitive compensation package ranging from  CNY 300000-450000 per annum.

Please send the following documents for application:
(1) Cover letter with a statement of research interest;
(2) Curriculum vitae;
(3) Contact information of two referees;

Appointment will initially be made on contract basis for two years commencing 2021, renewable subject to mutual agreement.

Further information:

- Group websites: http://faculty.sustech.edu.cn/xiakq/
- Contact: fuchangkan@mail.sustech.edu.cn, xiakq@sustech.edu.cn

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