Scientific Technical Services (SciTech) supports research, scholarship and teaching by providing access to advanced multi-user scientific instrumentation, machine and electronics shops, and equipment design, fabrication and repair services. Through its core facilities, SciTech helps Western researchers accelerate the discovery of new knowledge, partners with instructors to teach graduate and undergraduate laboratory classes, and provides regional industry access to specialized equipment.
Services & Capabilities
SciTech operates three core facilities: The University Instrument Center, Western’s primary multi-user equipment facility with chromatography, mass spectrometry, and spectroscopy instrumentation; University Shops, with electronics, metalworking, woodworking, and design and repair services; and Electron Microscopy Facilities. We offer:
- Training and access to multi-user instrumentation
- Repair of equipment campus-wide
- Analysis of research samples and assistance with data interpretation
- Assistance with laboratory course demonstrations and analysis of student samples
- Design, modification, and fabrication of equipment and technical instrumentation
- Small test equipment for short-term loan
Students, staff, and faculty from across campus rely on SciTech for expert advice and training on scientific instrumentation, assistance with laboratory class instruction, to design, build, and repair equipment, and assist in the analysis of research and classroom samples. Hundreds of users come through our doors each year with projects ranging from the analysis of water quality samples, to the repair of antique Steinway pianos and the construction of custom equipment for Western athletic teams. For over 30 years SciTech has been a centerpiece of Western’s innovation infrastructure, supporting research, creativity, and learning campus-wide.
Access & Fees
Services and equipment are provided free of charge to Western users and on a fee-for-service basis to external clients. Internal users may be asked to cover the cost of project consumables, such as chromatography solvents. External users are charged hourly rates for staff and instrument time. Students requiring SciTech services for academic purposes should work through their course instructor or faculty advisor. To request services or for more information, drop by one of our locations or see our Contacts page. Information for new users on how to get started is available. Instrumentation reservations may be made online using the FOM scheduling system.
Information for Instructors and Researchers about Services Available Spring Quarter
University Instrument Center
Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Position opening: Mass Spectrometrist
STS invites applications for a Research Associate II scientist with experience in mass spectrometry (MS) to join our team in the University Instrument Center. For more details, please see the position announcement and refer to WWU's HR website.
The Instrument Center has acquired a new Malvern GPC system with multi-angle light-scattering, viscometer, and refractive index detectors supporting rapid and accurate absolute molecular weight determination of synthetic polymers. Contact Sarina Kiesser for access and training.
A new high sensitivity Hidex 300 SL liquid scintillation counter is available in the Instrument Center. For more information contact Sarina Kiesser.