Environmental Economist

RTI International

Durham, NC, United States 🇺🇸

RTI International has an opening for an environmental economist in its Center for Environmental, Technology, and Energy Economics (ETEE). ETEE staff draw on a range of quantitative and qualitative skillsets to produce high quality research for government agencies, foundations, and non-profit organizations. Our work implements the best available theory and methods in assessing environmental and economic outcomes to report cogent and actionable results to our clients.


The focus of this position is economic analysis and quantitative modeling to assess the environmental and economic consequences of air and water pollution as well as technological innovations in energy, waste, industrial processes, agriculture, and transportation. Results are used to assess domestic policy alternatives and international initiatives. The successful candidate will have the sufficient training and experience to work collaboratively with project teams to identify analytical approaches for answering research questions, execute quantitative analyses, and clearly articulate methods and results to audiences of varying levels of sophistication. We are seeking candidates with a clear interest in natural resource and environmental economics and a strong technical skill set versatile to the breadth of topic areas in which we work.


Responsibilities:  The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the following tasks in collaboration other RTI team members

  • Design, execute, and communicate research on the following topics:
  1. Energy and environmental policies
  2. Macroeconomic modeling of policies
  3. Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  4. Energy system modeling
  5. Transportation systems and vehicle technology modeling and policy
  • Conduct data management and quantitative economic analysis using statistical and mathematical programming packages (e.g. GAMS, R, Stata)
  • Provide data management and modeling assistance to support the development and application of marginal abatement cost models, levelized cost analysis, and other techno-economic evaluations
  • Collaborate effectively with project team members
  • Manage workflow in a timely, realistic, and cost-effective manner to client expectations
  • Contribute to grant, cooperative agreement, and contract proposals
  • Present research methods and findings via technical reports, journal articles, and presentations
  • Lead data management efforts to support the development and application of marginal abatement cost models 

Qualifications:  Qualified applicants should have the following:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field with relevant work experience or a bachelor’s degree and five years of experience
  • Demonstrated programming, data management, and analysis skills, including experience with GAMS and experience with R and/or Stata.
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting economic analysis of environmental policy
  • To qualify, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States and should not require now, or in the future, sponsorship for employment visa status 
  • Strong interest in several of the topic areas listed above
  • Familiarity with US environmental policy and international environmental agreements
  • Experience with programming in GAMS, preferably two or more years of actual experience