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SNSF uses a lab management software "Badger" to help run our tools.

Each lab member needs to be set up with a Badger account. This allows you to "enable" those tools in the lab, which you have been trained and qualified to use. "Enabling" activates a piece of equipment and starts the clock for tracking your lab fees; thus, your Badger account is linked to your billing information.

Installing SNSF Badger

There are some computers around our facilities that allow lab members to use the Badger application. We recommend installing the application on your computer. To install Badger on your computer, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure that your Access Form was approved
  2. Install Java Runtime Environment (requirement: JRE 1.8 or higher):
  3. Navigate to your browser's download folder, find the downloaded file and complete the JRE installation. Make sure that Java is installed before proceeding!
  4. Download the Badger application by navigating to:
    • This hyperlink doesn't work on Google Chrome. Either copy paste the URL into a new tab or use another browser.
    • This should download the Badger file and once complete run the Badger application. Check your browser's downloads folder if the badger.jnlp file doesn't automatically open.
      • Notes: You will most likely see warnings about the certificate that you need to click OK to complete the installation.
  5. Use the "New Member?" button on the login screen to complete the application for a Badger account. You must have a valid PTA to complete the application.
  6. It usually takes 1-3 business days to review the account request and receive a confirmation email that the account is active. If you do not receive this notification, please send us an email
  7. Once your account application is approved, you can continue with equipment training. Check our website for instrument specific training requirements and procedures that we have in place for each tool.

SNSF Badger Web Version and Dashboards

The web version is limited in functionality compared to the Java Badger version.

Bookmark the following dashboards:
Nanofabrication; X-ray & Surface Analysis Facilities: 

Soft & Hybrid Materials Facility:

Electron & Ion Microscopy; X-ray & Surface Analysis Facilities: 

Frequently Asked Questions

Our FAQs have moved. Please refer to the FAQ - Lab Software page.