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Access our facilities

Getting started at Sydney Microscopy & Microanalysis
Learn more about accessing our facilities, fees, and essential work health and safety information.

Key information

1. Apply to use the SMM facilities by registering your personal and project details;

2. Download and read the Handbook of WHS Regulations (pdf, 115KB)

3. Download and complete the following forms which must be submitted to SMM technical staff.

Please note: If your project involves genetically modified organisms, you must apply to the University's Institutional Biosafety Committee for approval. For more information please refer to the Gene Technology Legislation page.

4. An SMM technician will be in contact to schedule a New Project Meeting with you.

University of Sydney Users
  • $45 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

There is an individual user cap of $1,600 per calendar year. This excludes:

  • $280 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

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.

External Users (excluding GST)

Registration and training - $280 flat fee per new user

Organisation Instruments (per hour)
Technical staff (per hour)
Publicly funded research organisations $140* $200
Commercial $350* $200

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

$45 for Atom Probe instruments (Microscopy Australia Flagships)

Useful documents

Users are classified into one of three categories to reflect their competency level on particular pieces of equipment.

Category Competency level
1
  • 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 a member of the SMM technical team.
2
  • Users achieve CAT 2 status once they pass a competency assessment.
  • 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.
3
  • Users achieve CAT 3 status once they pass a competency assessment.
  • 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 them call (02) 9351 7567.

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.

If you have any questions or need to report an incident or near miss please contact our WHS Officer:

Dr Takanori Sato
(02) 9351 7541 | takanori.sato@sydney.edu.au

Please remember to acknowledge the role of our facilities and expertise in your research. Acknowledgments demonstrate how 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. 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 the Microscopy Australia logo in the 'acknowledgements slide' of your presentations:

Download Microscopy Australia logo (zip/3.8MB)