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Lab Management Software


SNSF uses a lab management software "Badger" to help run our tools. Our partner facility, SNF uses the same software solution, but we each have separate instances of Badger to run our labs.

Key features of Badger are:

  • To insure that only people who are trained and qualified to use a particular piece of equipment have access to it.
  • To track equipment usage by individual lab members and thus generate bills accordingly.
  • To allow lab members to reserve equipment so that equipment use may be allocated in an efficient manner.
  • To communicate both equipment and process problems to other lab members and staff.

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:

  • Make sure that your Access Form was approved
  • Install Java Runtime Environment (requirement: JRE 1.8 or higher):
    • Note:
      • There is an issue with the Java 9 compatibility with Badger. You need to make sure that Java 9 is not installed and instead install Java 8. Direct link to download Java 8
  • Download the Badger application by navigating to:
    • This should download the Badger file and once complete run the Badger application.
      • Notes: You will most likely see warnings about the certificate that you need to click OK to complete the installation. If the application doesn't start after clicking on the link above, check your download folder for the coral.jnlp file. Double click on it to run the application.
  • 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. Please make sure to check out the instructions on required fields.
  • 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
  • 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.