Call for expressions of interest in participating in Rubin Observatory commissioning

August 25, 2020, from Astrolists

Dear colleagues,

Members of the UK scientific community are invited to submit expressions of interest in participating in the commissioning of the Rubin Observatory. This opportunity is broad in scope, with Rubin Project colleagues keen to access technical expertise spanning hands-on commissioning of telescopes and instruments, analysis of on-sky data and cross-correlation with engineering data, and application of novel techniques including machine learning to such data. Colleagues are therefore encouraged to think creatively about how they may be able to contribute, keeping in mind that it may be possible to fund this effort.

Forwarding this call to colleagues who would not normally receive LUSC-ANNOUNCE and/or ASTROLISTS emails is also strongly encouraged.

Full details of the call for expressions of interest are available in the pdf file that is attached, and also available online here:

Expressions of interest should be submitted via this online form:
no later than 5pm UT, October 30, 2020. Expressions of interest received before 5pm UT, September 11, 2020 will receive full consideration for inclusion in LSST:UK’s In-kind Proposal that itself is due to be submitted on September 25, 2020.

At this stage firm commitments to spend time in Chile are not required – expressions of interest are sufficient.

Further information about Rubin commissioning is available in the recent LSST:UK Commissioning Briefing Paper:

Colleagues are encouraged to email Graham Smith (<>; LSST:UK Commissioning Coordinator) and Bob Mann (<>; LSST:UK Project Lead) with any questions, ideas, or concerns.

Best regards,

Graham Smith