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Jason Rhodes

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Pasadena, CA 91109





Curriculum Vitae:

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Senior Research Scientist


Dr. Jason Rhodes graduated from Valley High School in West Des Moines, class of 1990. He earned a B.S. in Physics from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA; an M.A and a Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University, NJ. After stints as a researcher at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland and Caltech in Pasadena, California, he landed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2004. His projects include NASA's Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope (formerly WFIRST), the European Space Agency's Euclid mission, and the Vera Rubin Observatory's Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST). All of these are designed to study "dark energy," the hypothesized cause of the Universe's accelerated expansion.


  • B.S., Physics,Harvey Mudd College Claremont, California (1994)
  • M.A., Physics, Princeton, New Jersey (1996)
  • Ph.D, Physics, Princeton, New Jersey (1999)

Professional Experience

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California (2004 - Present)
    • Senior Research Scientist (2016 - Present)
    • Principal Scientist (2015 - Present)
    • US Euclid Deputy Project Scientist
    • JPL Roman Space Telescope Project Scientist
    • JPL Deputy WFIRST Project Scientist
    • Principal Investigator for NASA 20-20-20 Airships Centennial Challenge (2013 - Present)
    • Member of the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility Keck User's Group (2016 - Present)
    • Member of the Executive Committee of NASA's Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group (PhysPAG) (2010-2014)
    • U.S. Science lead for ESA's Euclid Mission
  • Visiting Senior Scientist, Kavli Institute for Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (IPMU), Kashiwa, Japan (2015- Present)
  • California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (2003 - Present)
    • Visiting Scholar (2004 - present)
    • Project Scientist - SuperNova Acceleration Probe (SNAP) Weak Lensing (2003 - 2004)
  • Goddard Space Flight Center, National Research Council Research Associate (2000 - 2003)
  • Princeton University, Postdoctoral Researcher (1999)

Research Interests

  • Structure and evolution of the universe
  • Weak gravitational lensing as a probe of dark matter and dark energy
  • Exoplanet direct imaging

Selected Awards

  • JPL Voyager Awards for exceptional performance as JPL WFIRST Project Scientist, 2016, 2018
  • JPL Team Bonus Award for WFIRST leadership, 2018
  • JPL Team Bonus Award for organizing Keck Spectroscopic program, 2016
  • National Academy of Science/Kavli Foundation Fellow, 2015
  • JPL Explorer Award for developing the Precision Projector Laboratory and Euclid leadership, 2012
  • JPL Mariner Award for using weak lensing to map the distribution of dark matter in space, 2011
  • JPL Mariner Award for leadership in the in the international weak lensing community, 2007
  • JPL Team Bonus Award for organizing Keck Spectroscopic program (2016)
  • NASA@Work Award 2015 for Airships Challenge
  • JPL Lew Allen Award for Outstanding Young Researcher (2007)

Selected Publications

  1. Mennesson, B.; Juanola-Parramon, R.; Nemati, B.; Ruane, G.; Bailey, V. P.; Bolcar, M.; Martin, S.; Zimmerman, N.; Stark, C.; Pueyo, L.; Benford, D.; Cady, E.; Crill, B.; Douglas, E.; Gaudi, B. S.; Kasdin, J.; Kern, B.; Krist, J.; Kruk, J.; Luchik, T. Macintosh, B.; Mandell, A.; Mawet, D.; Poberezhskiy, I.; Rhodes, J.; Riggs, A. J.; TurnbulL, M.; Roberge, A.; Shi, F.; Siegler, N.; Stapelfeldt, K.; Ygouf, M.; Zellem, R.; Zhao, F., "Paving the Way to Future Missions: the Roman Space Telescope Coronagraph Technology Demonstration," 2020, arXiv:2008.05624
  2. Rhodes, Jason; Nichol, Robert C.; Aubourg, Éric; Bean, Rachel; Boutigny, Dominique; Bremer, Malcolm N.; Capak, Peter; Cardone, Vincenzo; Carry, Benoît; Conselice, Christopher J.; Connolly, Andrew J.; Cuillandre, Jean-Charles; Hatch, N. A.; Helou, George; Hemmati, Shoubaneh; Hildebrandt, Hendrik; Hložek, Renée; Jones, Lynne; Kahn, Steven; Kiessling, Alina Kitching, Thomas; Lupton, Robert; Mandelbaum, Rachel; Markovic, Katarina; Marshall, Phil; Massey, Richard; Maughan, Ben J.; Melchior, Peter; Mellier, Yannick; Newman, Jeffrey A.; Robertson, Brant; Sauvage, Marc; Schrabback, Tim; Smith, Graham P.; Strauss, Michael A.; Taylor, Andy; Von Der Linden, Anja, "Scientific Synergy between LSST and Euclid," 2017, ApJS, 233, 21
  3. Rhodes, J., Allen, S., Benson, B.A., Chang, T., dePutter, R., Dodelson, S., Dore, O., Honscheid, K., Linder, E., Menard, B., Newman, J., Nord, B., Rozo, E.,Vallinotto, A., & Weinberg, D., "Exploiting Cross Correlations and Joint Analyses," 2015, Astroparticle Physics, 63, 42.
  4. Rhodes, J., et al., "Space-quality data from balloon-borne telescopes: the High Altitude Lensing Observatory (HALO)," 2012, Astroparticle Physics, 38, 31
  5. Rowe, B., Hirata, C., & Rhodes, J., " Optimal Linear Image Combination," 2011, ApJ, 741, 46.
  6. Rhodes, J., Leauthaud, A., Stoughton, C., Massey, R., Dawson, K., Kolbe, W., Roe, N., "The effects of charge transfer inefficiency (CTI) on galaxy shape measurements," 2010, PASP, 122, 439
  7. Massey, R,Rhodes, J., et al., "Dark Matter Maps Reveal Cosmic Scaffolding, " 2007, Nature, 445, 7125, 286
  8. Rhodes, J., Refregier, A. & Groth, E. J., "Weak Lensing Measurements: A Revisited Method and Applications to Hubble Space Telescope Images," ApJ, 536, 79, 2000