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SNSF Operations Status

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This page is a guide to a general overview of SNSF operations. In addition to this general overview, please check the lab management system as well as other communication from our staff regarding tool specific updates.

Go To SNSF COVID-19 Policies

Current Status

SNSF currently operates at:

Core Instrumentation Staff
NanoFab 2 2
EIM 2 2
XSA 2 2
SMF 2 2
Administration   2

The notation for cores follows our organization of instruments as displayed on our equipment pages and rate pages.

Stanford University follows a staged plan to resume research activity.  Please refer to the Stanford University COVID-19 Research Restart Plan.

Details for Operations Stages


Stage Overview Examples
1 Normal Operations  
2 Normal Operations with Precautions
  • COVID-19 procedures in place
  • expect interruptions to availability of instruments
  • limited training & consulting > check with staff
3 Limited Operations
  • expect more interruptions to availability of instruments
  • usage by trained and fully qualified users only
  • remote training available on select instruments > check with staff
4 Limited Operations
  • usage for special projects only
5 Stand by
  • instruments not available to users
  • full instrument operations can generally quickly restored when needed
6 Shut down
  • instruments not available to users
  • instruments completely shut off
  • expect longer delays in bringing up instruments due to various factors (damage to sensitive components, vacuum degradation, etc.)


Stage Overview Examples
1 Normal Operations  
2 Normal Operations with some Precautions
  • enhanced cleaning of common surfaces
  • suspension of seminars and larger gatherings
  • on-campus staffing reductions
  • Administrative staff: mostly off campus
3 Limited support
  • suspension of in-person trainings/consultation
  • on-campus activity of staff limited
4 Reduced Staffing
  • alternate staffing schedule for instrument/facility support
  • majority of staff members off campus
5 Skeleton Staffing
  • access only by a very limited number of SNSF staff
6 Shut down
  • no SNSF staff allowed