Research Associate / Associate

About Synapse

Synapse Energy Economics is 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 produces expert reports and analysis for these clients and represents their technical interests in state and federal dockets and legal proceedings. 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.


Job Description

Synapse is seeking an ambitious researcher with exceptional quantitative and writing skills. The ideal candidate is eager to learn about Synapse’s wide range of expertise and has a strong interest in analyzing large data sets to uncover key insights about the electric industry. Candidates with a demonstrated commitment to public interest issues, such as sustainability, environmental justice, and consumer protection, are preferred.

The Research Associate or Associate will provide technical analyses to support Synapse project work, on a wide range of topics. Topics may include energy efficiency, renewable energy technologies, resource planning, electricity rates, electric vehicles, environmental regulations, and electricity markets. This person will also play a key role in Synapse projects related to modeling job and economic development impacts of energy sector investments.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Perform analytical and research tasks under the supervision of project manager or other team members.
  • Research and analyze energy efficiency programs and strategies, as well as energy technology costs, savings, and market penetrations.
  • Perform economic analysis, including cost-benefit analysis and job impact analyses, of energy resources.
  • Maintain, use, and modify spreadsheet-based tools to analyze energy efficiency technologies, programs, and portfolios.
  • Perform economic analysis, including cost-benefit analysis, of energy resources.
  • Assist with the organization of discovery responses, technical citations, and writing executive summaries.
  • Perform electric sector modeling tasks using various software and in-house models, including utility planning software and job and economic development impacts models.

Required Qualifications

  • Excellent math and computer skills, including attention to detail related to unit conversions, discount rates, nominal and real dollars, and other economic principles.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to synthesize and summarize research and analysis.
  • Ability to work and communicate well with project managers and team members.
  • Ability to manage complex tasks with competing priorities and time requirements.
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Engineering, Economics, Environmental Studies, Physics, or related field.
  • At least 1 year of relevant work experience.
  • A passion for the environment and a strong desire to work on behalf of public interest clients.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
  • Ability to develop and implement research strategies to support project and client needs.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proficiency with programming languages like MATLAB, Python, and R is valued but not required.
  • Optional but not required: Experience with PLEXOS, EnCompass, Strategist, System Optimizer, PROMOD, ReEDs, or IMPLAN.

We Offer:

  • Opportunities to work with established experts on cutting‐edge policy on behalf of public interest clients dedicated to consumer welfare and the environment
  • The ability to inform energy policy and planning decisions at the local, state, regional, national, and global levels
  • Support for employees’ professional and career development
  • A team-based collegial work environment where we strive to balance work, personal life, and community involvement
  • Autonomy and control over your work hours including flextime
  • A flexible, hybrid work environment
  • Generous PTO

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, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, ancestry, age, disability, handicap, pregnancy, marital status, or veteran/military 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 answer the questions at the form found here. This is a consulting position located in Cambridge, MA and hired staff must live in Massachusetts. Synapse is proud to provide considerable flexibility and autonomy over your work hours, including hybrid work, very generous PTO, and flextime.

You don't have to satisfy every requirement or meet every qualification listed above. If your skills are transferable and you are near the number of years of experience the we are looking for, please apply. Applying gives you the opportunity to be considered.

Applications for this position will be accepted until Monday, January 31 at 9:00 AM. Applications may be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates will be considered for either a Research Associate or an Associate position depending on education and years of experience. We are hiring for both positions.


Application Questions:

  1. Why do you want to work at Synapse? What do you expect to learn from this job?
  2. Do you have direct experience in the energy field? If yes, please describe your experience.
  3. Please describe any experience you have with economic, financial, energy systems, or other related modeling.
  4. If you were given a large grant to tackle the biggest energy or climate issue in the US, how would you use the money?

 Please direct all questions about this job posting to Emma Belabbes at ebelabbes@synapse-energy.com.