CV


Employment


Education and work experience

PhD in Physics, University of Western Australia, 2011–2015

Undergraduate tutor, School of Physics, UWA, 2012
Research Assistant, School of Physics, UWA, May 2010 – Jan 2011

MSc in Astrophysics, Beijing Normal University2008–2011

  • Thesis: Astrophysical Stochastic Gravitational Wave Backgrounds
  • Advisors: Prof. Zong-Hong Zhu, Prof. David Blair

Exhibition project staff, Beijing Planetarium, Mar – Jun 2008

BSc in Astronomy, Beijing Normal University, 2004–2008

  • Thesis: Constraints on the Dvali-Gabadadze-Porrati Model with Sandage-Loeb tests
  • Advisor: Prof. Zong-Hong Zhu

Awards, Honours and Scholarships

  1. Australia’s Top 40 Early Career researchers, The Australian Newspaper, 2019
  2. Honourable mention for the GWIC and Braccini Thesis Prizes 2016
  3. Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics (along with 1014 LIGO contributors) 2016
  4. Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad 2015 (media)
  5. Third-Grade Award for Excellent Scientific Paper, Beijing Astronomical Society 2011
  6. University Postgraduate Award (International Students), UWA 2011
  7. Outstanding Graduate Award for postgraduate students, BNU 2011
  8. National Scholarship, BNU 2007
  9. University Alumni Scholarship, BNU 2006

Grants & Travel Awards

  1. ResearchFirst Scheme ($ 1500), Faculty of Science, Monash University 2017
  2. Research Grant awarded for Publication in Science ($ 5000), UWA 2015
  3. Postgraduate Students Association Conference Travel Award ($ 850), UWA 2014
  4. Graduate Research Scholarship ($ 2500), CSIRO Astronomy Space Science 2013
  5. Scientific Mobility Program (€ 2500), Embassy of France in Australia 2013

Research

My research interests include astrophysical sources of gravitational waves, gravitational wave detection with LIGO and pulsar timing, and how gravitational waves will advance our understanding of the Universe. Please refer to my Google Scholar page or NASA ADS (excl. LSC papers, all) for details of my publications.


Selected Referred Publications

  1. Farrow Nicholas, Zhu Xing-Jiang & Thrane Eric, (2019), “The mass distribution of Galactic double neutron stars” ApJ, 876, 18 ⧫
  2. Zhu Xing-Jiang, Cui Weiguang & Thrane Eric, (2019), “The minimum and maximum gravitational-wave background from supermassive binary black holes” MNRAS, 482, 2588 ⧫
  3. Porayko Nataliya K., Zhu Xingjiang, Levin Yuri, Hui Lam, Hobbs George et al., (2018), “Parkes Pulsar Timing Array constraints on ultralight scalar-field dark matter” Phys. Rev. D, 98, 102002 ⧫ (Editor’s Suggestion article)
  4. Zhu Xingjiang, Thrane Eric, Oslowski Stefan, Levin Yuri, Lasky Paul, (2018), “Inferring the population properties of binary neutron stars with gravitational-wave measurements of spin” Phys. Rev. D, 98, 043002 ⧫
  5. Abbott B. P. et al. (LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration), (2018), “Prospects for Observing and Localizing Gravitational-Wave Transients with Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo” Living Reviews in Relativity, 21, 3
  6. Abbott B. P. et al. (LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration), (2017), “A gravitational-wave standard siren measurement of the Hubble constant” Nature 551, 85
  7. Abbott B. P. et al. (LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration), (2017), “GW170817: Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Neutron Star Inspiral” Physical Review Letters, 119, 161101
  8. Zhu X.-J., Wen L., Xiong J., Xu Y., Wang Y., Mohanty S. D., Hobbs G., Manchester R. N., (2016), “Detection and localization of continuous gravitational waves with pulsar timing arrays: the role of pulsar terms” MNRAS, 461, 1317 ⧫
  9. Rosado Pablo A., Lasky Paul D., Thrane Eric, Zhu Xingjiang, Mandel Ilya, Sesana Alberto, (2016), “Detectability of Gravitational Waves from High-Redshift Binaries” Physical Review Letters, 116, 101102
  10. Abbott B. P. et al. (LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration), (2016), “Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger” Physical Review Letters, 116, 061102
  11. Verbiest J. P. W. et al, (2016), “The International Pulsar Timing Array: First data release” MNRAS, 458, 1267
  12. Madison D. R., Zhu X.-J., (24 authors), (2016), “Versatile directional searches for gravitational waves with Pulsar Timing Arrays” MNRAS, 455, 3662
  13. Lasky Paul D., (25 authors), Zhu Xingjiang, (2016), “Gravitational-Wave Cosmology across 29 Decades in Frequency”, Phys. Rev. X 6, 011035
  14. Reardon D. J., (19 authors), Zhu X.-J., (2016), “Timing analysis for 20 millisecond pulsars in the Parkes Pulsar Timing Array”, MNRAS 455, 1751
  15. Blair D., et al., (2015), “Gravitational wave astronomy: the current status” Science China Physics, Mechanics & Astronomy, 58, 120402 (arXiv:1509.06438) ⧫
  16. Shannon R. M., (20 authors), Zhu X.-J., (2015), “Gravitational waves from binary supermassive black holes missing in pulsar observations” Science, 349, 1522
  17. Zhu X.-J., Wen L., Hobbs G., (7 authors), (2015), “Detection and localization of single-source gravitational waves with pulsar timing arrays” MNRAS, 449, 1650 ⧫
  18. Wang J. B., (3 authors), Zhu X.-J., (15 authors), (2015,) “Searching for gravitational wave memory bursts with the Parkes Pulsar Timing Array” MNRAS, 446, 1657
  19. Aasi J. et al. (LIGO Scientific Collaboration), (2015), “Advanced LIGO”, Classical and Quantum Gravity 32, 074001
  20. Zhu X.-J., (18 authors), (2014), “An all-sky search for continuous gravitational waves in the Parkes Pulsar Timing Array data set” MNRAS, 444, 3709 ⧫
  21. Shannon R. M., (18 authors), Zhu X.-J., (2014), “Limitations in timing precision due to single-pulse shape variability in millisecond pulsars”, MNRAS 443, 1463
  22. Zhu X.-J., Howell E., Blair D., Zhu Z.-H., (2013), “On the gravitational wave background from compact binary coalescences in the band of ground-based interferometers” MNRAS, 431, 882⧫
  23. Zhu X.-J., Howell E., Regimbau T., Blair D., Zhu Z.-H., (2011), “Stochastic Gravitational Wave Background from Coalescing Binary Black Holes” ApJ, 739, 86 ⧫
  24. Zhu X.-J., Fan X.-L., Zhu Z.-H., (2011), “Stochastic Gravitational Wave Background from Neutron Star r-mode Instability Revisited” ApJ, 729, 59 ⧫
  25. Zhu X.-J., Howell E., Blair D., (2010), “Observational upper limits on the gravitational wave production of core collapse supernovae” MNRAS, 409, L132 ⧫
  26. Wang Y., Zhu X., Liu J., (11 authors), (2014), “The Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Detector” Progress in Astronomy (in Chinese), 32, 348

Teaching

  • Guest lecture for “Principles of Scientific Computation” (SHPC4001), UWA, Apr 2016

Student Supervision

  • Nicholas Farrow (2019 – ): Honours student at Monash University
  • Zhi-Qiang You (2018 – ): PhD student at Monash and Wuhan University (co-supervise with Eric Thrane)
  • Boris Goncharov (2018 – ): PhD student at Monash University (co-supervise with Eric Thrane)
  • Nicholas Farrow (2017 – 2018 ): 3rd-year research project and ResearchFirst scheme at Monash University
  • Co-supervisor of 3rd-year research project at Monash University (12-weeks project): Michael Bardsley (Aug – Dec 2017, with Paul Lasky), Chandana Anand (Aug – Dec 2018, with Greg Ashton and Paul Lasky)
  • Co-supervisor (with Prof. Linqing Wen) of the “UWA – China Research Training Program” (8-weeks research training program for selected outstanding fourth-year undergraduate students from China): Yilin Zhang (2013), Yanjun Xu (2014), Jie Xiong (2015).

Scientific Activities & Professional Services

  • Member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, 2012 –
  • Tier-1 member of the Parkes Pulsar Timing Array project, 2013 –
  • Reviewer for MNRASResearch in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Science China Physics, Mechanics & Astronomy, International Journal of Modern Physics A
  • Committee memberships: IPTA steering committee 2019, SOC of IPTA 2018IPTA Diversity Committee (2017 – 2018), LOC of the Ninth Australasian Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation (Nov. 2017), SOC for the IPTA 2014 student workshop, student representative of the 2014 PPTA steering committee

Conference Presentations [* invited]

  1. 4th OzSKA workshop, Mt Stromlo Observatory, Canberra, 6-7 Nov 2019
  2. Gravitational Wave and Cosmology workshop, Chongqing, China, 1-3 Nov 2019 *
  3. Gravitational Wave Physics and Astronomy workshop, University of Tokyo, Japan, 14-17 Oct 2019
  4. 3rd gravitational-wave astrophysics workshop, Kunming, China, 14-17 Aug 2019
  5. Astronomical Society of Australia annual meeting, University of Queensland, 8-12 Jul 2019 (Plenary talk)
  6. International Pulsar Timing Array science meeting, Pune, India, 17-21 Jun, 2019
  7. ACAMAR 5: Australia-China Workshop on Astrophysics, RACV Healesville Country Club, Melbourne, 2-4 Apr 2019
  8. Second Asia SKA Initiative On Neutron Star, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 29-30 Jan 2019 *
  9. Astrophysics workshop at Tsung-Dao Lee Institute, Shanghai, China, 14-18 Jan 2019 *
  10. 23rd Australian Institute of Physics Congress, Perth, WA, 9-13 Dec 2018
  11. 11th Research Symposium for Chinese PhD Students and Scholars in Australia (keynote talk, Mathematics and Physics), Swinburne University, 1 Dec 2018 *
  12. Astronomical Society of Australia annual meeting, Swinburne University, 25-29 Jun 2018 (Poster)
  13. International Pulsar Timing Array meeting, Albuquerque, United States, 18-22 Jun 2018
  14. 2nd gravitational-wave astrophysics workshop, Xiamen, China, 23-25 May 2018 *
  15. Ninth Australasian Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation, Gingin, WA, 27-30 Nov 2017
  16. LSC-Virgo Collaboration Meeting, Pasadena, CA, 13-16 Mar 2017
  17. International Pulsar Timing Array meeting, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 27 Jun-1 Jul 2016
  18. International Pulsar Timing Array meeting, Leura, Australia, 27-31 Jul 2015
  19. Orange Pulsar Meeting, University of Melbourne, 26-28 Nov 2014
  20. International Pulsar Timing Array meeting, Banff, Canada, 23-27 Jun 2014
  21. CASS/ATNF student symposium (remote talk), Sydney, 30 Aug 2013
  22. “SGWB in the advanced detector era” workshop, Nice, France, 3-5 Jul 2013 *
  23. International Pulsar Timing Array meeting, Krabi, Thailand, 24-28 Jun 2013
  24. ANITA workshop, University of Queensland, 21-22 Feb 2013
  25. AIP (WA branch) Postgraduate Conference, Jarrahdale Holiday Haven, Perth, 26-27 Sep 2012
  26. AIP (WA branch) Postgraduate Conference, Anapana Ridge, Perth, 7-8 Sep 2011

Seminars and Colloquia

  1. Yunnan Astronomical Observatory, Kunming, China, 19 Aug 2019
  2. South-Western Institute For Astronomy Research, Yunnan University, Kunming, China, 13 Aug 2019
  3. Astrophysics Colloquium, University of Melbourne, 22 May, 2019
  4. Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, Shanghai, 16 Jan 2019
  5. Institute of Theoretical Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, 10 Jan 2018
  6. Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, 26 Apr 2017
  7. Department of Astronomy, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, 26 Apr 2017
  8. National Astronomical Observatory of China, Beijing, 20 Apr 2017
  9. Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, Shanghai, 17 Apr 2017
  10. Huangzhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, 11 Apr 2017
  11. Morningside Centre of Mathematics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 25 May 2011

Miscellaneous

  • Programming systems: Windows, Linux, Mac OS
  • Programming languages: MATLAB, C, C++, Bash, Python
  • Languages: English, Mandarin, Hakka Chinese