Accessing SMM

Welcome to the SMM User area.

Please note that, before using SMM facilities, you must:

  1. Apply to use the SMM facilities by registering your personal and project details;
  2. Download, read and sign the Handbook of WHS Regulations and Forms (PDF 460KB), Project Risk Assessment (PDF 52KB), and Cell Culture Risk Assessment (PDF 59KB). Please note: If you wish to undertake a project involving genetically modified organisms, also fill in the appropriate forms. See WHS Information below.
  3. Submit these forms by attending a New Project Meeting at the SMM.


Acknowledge Us - Help Us Help You!

When you are 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 the ACMM.

Here is a sample of correct acknowledgement:

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

Please include the AMMRF logo in the 'acknowledgements slide' of your presentations. Please include our logo and the acknowledgement statement above in your posters. Download AMMRF logo.

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Important WHS and Injury information

The SMM’s WHS Officer is Dr Takanori Sato , ph. 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 the 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

As part of SMM’s induction process, Users are classified into one of three Categories to reflect their competency level on particular pieces of equipment. The full details of this classification 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.

CATEGORY 1
  • Users achieve CAT 1 status once they have completed a short training session with a SMM staff member.
  • Users are only permitted to work in the Centre between 9am-5pm; Monday to Friday (excludes public holidays).
  • Users must be supervised by an approved SMM staff member.

CATEGORY 2
  • Users achieve CAT 2 status once they have successfully completed 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 Centre between 9am-5pm; Monday to Friday (excludes public holidays).
  • Users are not permitted to grant access to the Centre to unauthorised persons or to train or demonstrate any equipment to others.

CATEGORY 3
  • Users achieve CAT 3 status once they have successfully completed 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 Centre.
  • Users are not permitted to grant access to the Centre to unauthorised persons or to train or demonstrate any equipment to others.

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

Access charges

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 $1,500 per calendar year

User cap excludes:
  • $270 one-off registration and training fee for new users
  • $195 per hour for technical staff instrument operation


External Users (excluding GST)

Registration and training - $270 flat fee per new user

Category
Instruments p/hr
Technical Staff p/hour
Publicly funded research organisations
$130
$195
Commercial
$345
$195

* $40 for Atom Probe instruments (AMMRF Flagships)


Commercial organisations: Please contact Dr Jennifer Whiting, ph. 02 9114 0566 to discuss your requirements.


You can download a printable PDF document of these fees here (PDF 198KB).

Fee and workflow information for the 3View Serial Block Face Scanning Electron Microscope (SBF SEM) can be found here (PDF 213KB).