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Dr Xue Zhang BENG, MENG, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Geomechanics Civil and Environmental Engineering


Personal Statement

Xue Zhang is a Senior Lecturer in Geomechanics at the University of Liverpool, UK. He obtained his PhD (Oct, 2014) in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Newcastle, Australia. Prior to joining Liverpool in 2018, he was a Research Associate at Australia Research Council Centre for Geotechnical Science and Engineering (CGSE), University of Newcastle, Australia, and then a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellow at International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE), Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain.

Dr Zhang is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy. He is a board member of UK Association for Computational Mechanics (UKACM) and an Editorial Board member for Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (JRMGE).

He is a recipient of Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment Postgraduate Research Award (University of Newcastle, AU, 2012), Australian Geomechanics Society New South Wales Research Award (2013), H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (European Commission, 2016), IACMAG John Carter Award (2017), the EPSRC (UK) New Investigator Award (2021), and IACMAG Excellent Paper Award (2022).

Available PhD opportunities:
- Liverpool-CSC scholarship
(for Chinese students):

- Commonwealth PhD scholarship
(for students from Bangladesh, Cameroon, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, and Zambia):

Prizes or Honours

  • John Carter Award (International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics, 2017)
  • Australian Geomechanics Society (New South Wales) Research Award (Australian Geomechanics Society at New South Wales, 2013)
  • Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment Postgraduate Research Award (University of Newcastle, Australia, 2012)

Funded Fellowships

  • Royal Society Newton Mobility Grant (Royal Society, 2020 - 2022)
  • EPSRC New Investigator Award (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), 2021 - 2023)
  • Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (European Commission, 2017 - 2018)
  • International Research Visiting Fellowship (University of Newcastle, Australia, 2017)