Facts & figures
- 30+ Research facilities
Facts & figures
We believe pursuing research excellence requires the latest innovative technology across all disciplines. This is why we're investing in major new facilities to grow our broad collection of core research facilities.
The University of Sydney’s core research facilities provide access to high-end research infrastructure and offer a range of related services to assist researchers with specialist applications. The facilities are centralised, shared capabilities spanning multiple faculties and serve as focal points of research activity.
Our core facilities bring together a critical mass of researchers from diverse disciplines, and provide the means to better manage and sustain high-end research infrastructure to deliver quality research outcomes.
The Advanced Cytometry Facility (ACF) provides access to and training in cytometry and cell sorting techniques for researchers, scientists and clinicians from the University community, government research institutes and the health and medical industry.
The facility was established in 2006 as a collaborative research facility for the Centenary Institute and the University of Sydney. The collaboration has resulted in the acquisition of several sophisticated instruments, which were either world firsts or firsts for Australasia-Oceania and the Southern Hemisphere. The latest acquisition is Australia’s first CyTOF Mass Cytometer.
The ACF is committed to the development and transfer of cytometry expertise and techniques to answer questions in cell biology and biomedical research, applied clinical research and trials, and the clinical diagnosis of cancer and other health disorders.
The facility charges user fees, depending on the type of user and the level of support and training required.
New users must register via PPMS and complete Biosafety documentation. A user meeting will be arranged to discuss the project and agree upon the research collaboration and appropriate training. Experiments can begin as soon as biosafety approval has been granted.
The Advanced Cytometry Facility has two locations:
The Australian Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis is a cross-disciplinary research centre which explores physical and biological structures at the micro, nano and atomic scales.
The facility is one of the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in the world, and our instrumentation and technical expertise is available for all researchers.
Find out more about the Australian Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis.
The Informatics Core Facility provides bioinformatics services, and from 2016 will provide additional software and services to support researchers working in a broad range of informatics disciplines across the university’s campuses.
CLC Genomics Workbench is cross-platform desktop software that includes the following key applications:
The software is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux platforms with a user interface accessible via Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.
While the University contributes to covering the full costs of the Informatics Core Facility, bioinformatics software and support are part funded through user subscriptions.
The Informatics Core Facility offers researchers a two-week free trial of bioinformatics services.
Researchers can then purchase a half-year subscription, which includes access to CLC Genomics as well as a range of other bioinformatics software, and access to advice and support from our Bioinformatics Technician.
Half-year single user subscription (Sep 2015 – Feb 2016): $750
This facility is available to University of Sydney and affiliated researchers (requires a Unikey). Researchers can book access to software and services using the Informatics Core Facility PPMS system.
Bookings are essential in order to use licence restricted software such as CLC Genomics.
Please complete an account creation request.
Staff and students from The University of Sydney and affiliated institutes can access the system with their Unikey. If your group is not already on the drop down menu, please follow the link and fill in the additional field to create a group.
To avoid delays in processing your application, please complete all the fields, not just those marked as mandatory. Once your account has been approved you will be able to log into the system.
Bookings can be synchronised with your personal calendar via the ics or iCal links located at various points in the software.
Available across all campuses.
A range of other bioinformatics software is available on the University’s High Performance Computing (HPC) system.
Services provided by the Mass Spectrometry Core Facility include a 'research hotel', and training and contract research services to domestic and international researchers.
The facility is housed in purpose-built laboratories in the new Charles Perkins Centre hub building in Camperdown, Sydney.
Find out more about the Mass Spectrometry Core Facility.
The University of Sydney's Preclinical (Small Animal) Core Facility supplements existing preclinical imaging facilities located across campus.
The Preclinical Imaging Core Facility space in the Charles Perkins Centre research and education hub has been specially designed to accommodate a wide range of imaging equipment and is located adjacent to animal facilities.
The facility will, subject to limitations around movement of laboratory animals to and from the CPC building, provide preclinical imaging services to internal and external researchers on a fee-for-service basis. Please contact the Core Facility Manager for details.
Dr Nana Sunn
Core Facility Manager
T +61 418 169 480
Basement 2, the Charles Perkins Centre research and education hub (Building D17).
A key activity in the field of nanoscience is the fabrication of new electronic, photonic, and mechanical devices small enough to access the exotic phenomena that arise on the nanoscale, so the Sydney Nanoscience Hub contains the high-precision Research and Prototype Foundry and cleanroom.
Find out more about the Research and Prototype Foundry.
The Vibrational Spectroscopy Core Facility houses the largest concentration of state-of-the-art Raman and FT-IR spectrometers in Australia. The instrumentation is available not only to the university community but also to government, not-for-profit organisations, industry and private companies.
Find out more about the Vibrational Spectroscopy Core Facility.
The National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) is a federal government initiative that provides funding for major research facilities, supporting infrastructure and networks to drive research excellence. NCRIS builds collaborations between researchers, government and industry to deliver practical outcomes to complex issues challenging our society.
The University of Sydney is involved in the following NCRIS facilities: