Data Lab Assistants

The Data Labs are staffed with student Data Lab Assistants who provide immediate walk-in services and resources to the Tufts community. To familiarize yourself with the expertise of a particular Data Lab Assistant, click on their name in their schedule or refer to the Data Lab Assistant skills matrix.

Data Lab Assistants are available to:

  • Answer questions about our support and services
  • Consult on GIS, statistics, data analysis and visualization, and more
  • Provide resources for learning software and applications
  • Troubleshoot basic issues in various software programs
  • Provide assignment and final class project assistance
  • Assist with data searching, acquisition, and engineering
  • Refer clients to specialists and experts for advanced consultations

Data Lab Support Schedule

Data Lab Assistants are available for in-person support at our locations in Tisch Library (Medford) and Hirsh Health Sciences Library (Boston). Refer to the schedule below for their availability. Lab Assistants are not scheduled during University Breaks and holidays.

Skills Matrix

The Lab Assistant Skills Matrix outlines the specific software skills of each Data Lab Assistant. If you want to schedule an advanced private consultation with our senior staff, please email us at

Apply to be a Lab Assistant

Every summer, the Data Lab posts opportunities for current Tufts students to apply to be a Data Lab Assistant for the fall and spring semester on either the Boston Health Sciences campus or the Medford Arts, Sciences, and Engineering campus.

Any current Tufts University student or Research Assistant can apply to become a Data Lab Assistant, including undergrads, graduate students, or post-docs from any campus. Data Lab Assistants commit to work in the Data Labs for the full academic school year (September – early May), not including Tufts holidays and vacations.

How to Apply to be a Lab Assistant:   

The Data Lab Assistant posting for the 2024 – 2025 academic year is now open and we will be accepting applications through Sunday, August 4, 2024. Please see the full job posting above for all details and information on how to apply. If you have any questions, you can reach out to Carolyn Talmadge.

To apply for a Data Lab Assistant Position, please complete the following:

  • Send your resume & a short cover letter to Carolyn Talmadge, Data Lab Services Manager, TTS.
  • Please indicate which campus you are based on and where you would prefer to work. If you are regularly on both campuses, you can specify that as well.
  • Please include any relevant GIS/Stats/Data Science/etc. courses that you have completed at Tufts or other institutions, along with any relevant classes you are enrolled in for the fall.
  • Please indicate what skillsets and software you feel comfortable using and helping students use.
  • Please also include your final GIS project(s) (poster or StoryMap) or other examples of your GIS work or Stats, data science, or other relevant work.