Equipment-Specific Terms of Use for the Transmission Electron Microscope

of the Department of Biology’s Imaging Center

at the Zoological Institute and Museum

Date: 28th July 2017

§ 1 Scope of the Terms of Use

  1. These Terms of Use govern the use of the transmission electron microscope at the Zoological Institute and Museum in user and service operations. The Terms of Use are set out in this appendix which is incorporated into the General Terms of Use of the Department of Biology’s Imaging Center.
  2. Use in service operations is as stipulated in the General Terms of Use.

§ 2 Contacts

  1. General Contact: Dr. Rabea Schlüter (rabea.schlueter@uni-greifswald.de).
  2. Prof. Dr. Gabriele Uhl (gabriele.uhl@uni-greifswald.de) as a member of the Imaging Center’s Steering Committee is the contact for all matters concerning the transmission electron microscopes at the Zoological Institute and Museum.
  3. Besides Prof. Uhl, the main contact for all technical and scientific queries and also responsible for advice to users or interested parties is PD Dr. Carsten Müller (carstmue@uni-greifswald.de).
  4. Further contacts for technical enquiries are the delegated contacts in charge of the equipment as specified on the Imaging Center’s website (https://imaging.uni-greifswald.de).

§ 3 Equipment

  1. The following equipment is available at the Zoological Institute and Museum:
    • Transmission Electron Microscope
      • TEM JEM 1011 (Jeol).
  2. A detailed description of the microscope is available on the Imaging Center’s website (https://imaging.uni-greifswald.de).

§ 4 General Use of the Equipment

  1. The device is usually operated by trained members of staff of the Zoological Institute and Museum and the Imaging Center in both user and service operations.
  2. For longer projects with a large amount of samples or with samples that require extensive imaging, it is also possible to allow other members of staff and students of all disciplines at the University of Greifswald to operate the transmission electron microscope (user operation).
  3. Only trained members of staff of the Zoological Institute and Museum and the Imaging Center are allowed to use the device in service operations.

§ 5 Admission to Equipment and Rules of Access for Operators

  1. Operators may not use the equipment specified under § 3 until they have filled in the questionnaire (§ 5.2 of the General Terms of Use) and until they have received a briefing from a person in charge of the equipment. The briefing will last several days. Operators from outside the Department of Biology will have to pay for this briefing. The briefing is only valid for the person to whom it has been given and is combined with a safety briefing. Only then are operators allowed to use the device on their own.
  2. Operators have to use the equipment at least once in every quarter. If the equipment was last used by the operator more than six months previously, the samples will then be examined with the microscope by the person responsible for the equipment and charged according to the fee table. If the microscope was last used by the operator more than six months ago and it is foreseeable that s/he will have to examine a high number of samples again, a new briefing (including safety briefing) will occur that will this time be charged.
  3. Operators will be granted access to the rooms where the equipment is kept after they have been given the safety briefing and instructions on how to use the equipment by a contact listed in § 2.
  4. Operators may only use the equipment if one of the contacts listed in § 2 is present.

§ 6 Reservation of Equipment by Operators

  1. Operators must make appointments (bookings) by telephone with Prof. Uhl or PD Dr. Carsten Müller.
  2. The device cannot be used without a prior telephone booking.
  3. All bookings are binding and will be charged. There are exceptions, however, for example if you cancel the appointment 24 hours in advance or if maintenance work is being carried out on the equipment or it is being repaired during the time allocated to you for use or if you were unable to use the equipment for other reasons for which the Zoological Institute and Museum is responsible.
  4. The equipment can only be used if it has been booked in advance.
  5. All operators from the Zoological Institute and Museum with an access pass to the building are allowed access to the device at any time, day or night.
  6. For all other operators, the equipment is available Monday to Friday (except public holidays) from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
  7. If the equipment is unavailable due to a defect or because it is being serviced, no booking will be possible. If a booking has already been made, the person responsible for the equipment (§ 2) will have to cancel this booking. Operators will then be informed of this via email.

§ 7 Equipment Use by Operators

  1. Only authorised operators may use the equipment listed in § 3.
  2. The equipment can only be used during the booked time. If the experiments require a longer period of use, this can be arranged with the person responsible for the device (§ 2.2-3) unless the subsequent time slot has already been allocated to somebody else.
  3. At the end of use, the operator must fill in the logbook and sign it. If any irregularities need to be reported, this should also be included in the logbook.

Appendix

Currently valid fee table for the use of the transmission electron microscope at the Zoological Institute and Museum

 

 

The translation of these regulations is to be seen as a reference and to be used for the understanding of the corresponding German document. Only the German version of the original document is legally binding.

Wherever used herein, gender-specific terms should be understood as referring to both genders.