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Fees for Access, Training and Staff Assistance


FEI Tecnai Sphera Rates:

    $64.80 per hour, one hour minimum.

FEI Tecnai Polara Rates:

    $148.80 per hour, one hour minimum, requires facility manager assistance.

Assistance and Training Rates:

    $144.00 per hour, one hour minimum.

Training and Guidelines:

Training costs will include the hourly charges of the instrument plus the charge for staff assistance.

Users not affiliated with UCSD must pay an additional 45% overhead.

Charges will commence at the time reserved on the Scheduler. The starting time and ending times cannot be changed after the session starts. The ending time of a session may possibly be changed by contacting the Facility Manager.

Training for the Sphera generally lasts between 12-16 hours depending on the ability of the student. Training time for the Polara usually requires an additional 10 hours. The length of the training period is designed so that the student can develop a moderate level of expertise, independently run the instruments, and handle them without causing any costly damage. It is required that all training be given by the Facility Manager.

The Facility Manager determines if the student has the necessary skills to use the instruments without supervision or to operate them during non-peak hours.

Additional information on training may be found on the Facilities Access page.

Additional regulations may be found on the Facilities Access page. Failure to follow these conditions may result in the revocation of use privileges.

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