Senior Economist

Are you passionate about energy, economics, and the environment and ready to harness your skills to galvanize positive change in these topic areas on behalf of public interest entities? If so, Synapse Energy Economics is the place for you! We are a research and consulting firm specializing in economic and policy research, modeling, and analysis to provide electric sector solutions. Our work supports a broad range of public interest clients, including consumer advocates, environmental organizations, regulatory commissions, and state and federal agencies. Synapse represents these public interest clients in state and federal utility dockets.

Synapse places great value on our staff - we are a high-energy, forward‐thinking, collaborative group with a real passion for the public interest and sustainability.

Synapse Energy Economics is seeking a Senior Economist with robust quantitative skills and project management experience. Candidates should have advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel along with a demonstrated commitment to public interest issues such as sustainability, environmental justice, and consumer protection.

Job Description: The Economist will provide economic analyses to support Synapse project work, potentially on a wide range of topics such as energy efficiency, renewable energy technologies, electricity rates, electric vehicles, environmental regulations, and electricity markets. This person will also play a lead role in Synapse projects related to modeling job and economic development impacts of energy sector investments.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Perform economic and policy analysis, cost-benefit assessments, and resource valuations for energy sector, particularly for electric and gas utilities.
  • Create, use, and maintain spreadsheet-based tools and other analytical platforms to analyze energy technologies, programs, and portfolios.
  • Identify and apply computer models to estimate the job and economic development impacts of energy sector investments.
  • Assess utility company modeling approaches, scenario definitions, input assumptions and related parameterization. Work collaboratively with senior and junior staff to refine analyses, support, and perform report and testimony development.
  • Clearly and succinctly summarize complex technical concepts to clients, regulators, and public audiences through papers, presentations, testimony, and meetings.
  • Defend analysis and refute opposing viewpoints and analysis.
  • Direct junior staff in utilizing modeling platforms.


  • Experience with IMPLAN (preferred).
  • Master’s Degree or Doctorate in Economics.
  • 3 or more years’ experience in the energy sector.
  • 3 or more years’ experience working on regulated utility planning and economics (can be the same years as above).
  • Experience with modeling job and economic development impacts of energy sector investments (preferred).


Synapse is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a culturally diverse company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We strongly encourage applications from all qualified candidates including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and individuals from the LGBTIQ community.

To apply, please upload your resume and cover letter as a single document to the form found here.


Please direct all questions about this job posting to Erin Ash at