Accessing SMM

Welcome to the SMM User area.

Before using SMM facilities, you must:

  1. Apply to use the SMM facilities by registering your personal and project details;
  2. Download and read the Handbook of WHS Regulations (PDF), complete the Project Risk Assessment Form (PDF), and Cell Culture Risk Assessment Form (PDF). Please note: If you wish to undertake a project involving genetically modified organisms, also fill in the appropriate forms. See WHS Information below.
  3. These forms can be submitted to SMM staff at your New Project Meeting.

Acknowledge Us - Help Us Help You!

When writing up your research, please remember to acknowledge the role of our facilities and expertise. Acknowledgments demonstrate that investments in equipment and people have led to important outcomes. Your publications, presentations, and posters are a vital part of the business case for ongoing funding of our microscopy facility. Here is a sample of correct acknowledgement:

"The authors acknowledge the facilities and the scientific and technical assistance of Microscopy Australia at the Australian Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis at the University of Sydney."

Please include Microscopy Australia logo in the 'acknowledgements slide' of your presentations. Please include our logo and the acknowledgement statement above in your posters. Download Microscopy Australia logo
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WHS AND INJURY INFORMATION

SMM’s WHS Officer is , t. 02 9351 7541. Please contact Takanori if you have any questions or you need to report an incident.

All incident reports must be submitted to WHS & Injury Management within 24 hours of an incident. Please submit an Occupational Injury Illness or Incident Report Form, which is available on the University's WHS & Injury Management website.

Anyone wishing to undertake a project involving genetically modified organisms (GMO) must apply to the University of Sydney’s Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) for approval. For more information please refer to the Gene Technology Legislation page.

Chem Alert II is an online chemical information database, which allows you to search for a chemical and then print a material safety data sheet (report) or label. A material safety data sheet for a substance contains information such as potential health hazards and first aid information, safe handling instructions, procedures for dealing with spills and advice on the appropriate protective equipment to be used.

User Categories - Rights & Responsibilities

SMM classifies users into one of three Categories to reflect their competency level on particular pieces of equipment. The details of this system will be explained by a SMM staff member in your New Project Meeting. A summary of the rights and responsibilities of each Category follows.

CATEGORY1
  • Users achieve CAT 1 status once they complete a short training session with a SMM staff member.
  • Users are only permitted to work in the facility between 9am-5pm; Monday to Friday (excludes public holidays).
  • Users must be supervised by an approved SMM staff member.
CATEGORY2
  • Users achieve CAT 2 status once they successfully complete a competency assessment with a SMM staff member.
  • CAT 2 status is achieved on a per lab or per piece of equipment basis.
  • Users are only permitted to work independently in the facility between 9am-5pm; Monday to Friday (excludes public holidays).
  • Users are not permitted to grant access to the facility to unauthorised persons or to train or demonstrate any equipment to others.
CATEGORY3
  • Users achieve CAT 3 status once they successfully complete a competency assessment with a SMM staff member.
  • CAT 3 status is achieved on a per lab or per piece of equipment basis.
  • Users are permitted 24 hour access 7 days a week to work independently in the facility.
  • Users are not permitted to grant access to the facility to unauthorised persons or to train or demonstrate any equipment to others.

A Duty Microscopist is available 9am-5pm; Monday to Friday (excludes public holidays) to ensure you are using the microscope productively for the whole of your session and to solve any problems you encounter on the equipment. To contact the DM call 9351-7567.

Access Charges - 2018

University of Sydney Users

  • $40 per hour (up to 8 consecutive hours per session per instrument)
  • $10 per hour (each consecutive hour over 8 hours per session per instrument)
  • $2 per hour for specimen preparation and image analysis equipment

Individual user cap of $1,550 per calendar year

User cap excludes:

  • $275 one-off registration and training fee for new users
  • $200 per hour for technical staff instrument operation
  • 3View Serial Block Face Scanning Electron Microscope usage


External Users (excluding GST)
Registration and training - $275 flat fee per new user

Category

Instruments

(p/hr 0-8hrs*)

Technical Staff

(p/hour)

Publicly funded research organisations $135 $200
Commercial $350 $200

* After 8 hours the hourly rate drops to 25% of the listed rate for the remainder of the session

$40 for Atom Probe instruments (Microscopy Australia Flagships)

Commercial organisations: Please contact , t. 02 9114 0566 to discuss your requirements.

You can download a printable PDF document of these fees here (PDF 216KB).

Fee and workflow information for the 3View Serial Block Face Scanning Electron Microscope (SBF SEM) can be found here (PDF 223KB).

Core Research Facilities Access Scheme

If you are a University of Sydney researcher (i.e. an employee or employee of an eligible affiliate) the Core Research Facilities User Access Scheme could support your project through the provision of a small grant to put towards access fees at our microscopy facility. To find out more click here

MAKE A PAYMENT

Fees to our facility can be paid online via our payments link