Position Summary

Energy Finance Researcher at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) 

The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) is looking for an Energy Finance Researcher to provide data analysis on a range of energy issues, with particular focus on the oil and gas industry in Appalachia. You’ll be joining our oil and gas research team, consisting of researchers and communications professionals located in various parts of the U.S. and several other countries. 

IEEFA conducts research and analyses on financial and economic issues related to energy and the environment. IEEFA’s mission is to accelerate the transition to a diverse, sustainable and profitable energy economy. IEEFA’s work combines top-notch financial analysis, a deep understanding of energy economics and an ironclad commitment to working in close coordination with environmental campaigners who can make the most of the information IEEFA provides.  IEEFA is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio and has a team of energy finance experts and communications professionals in the mainland U.S., Puerto Rico, Australia, the U.K., Hong Kong, India, the Philippines and Indonesia.

Our work has helped change the rules of the game on capital investment in both the public and private sectors, and is increasingly influencing the measures by which investors identify, justify and analyze their energy holdings. IEEFA’s research reports, daily commentaries and press coverage can be found on our website:

As an Energy Finance Researcher at IEEFA, a typical day might include the following:

  • Participating in planning calls with IEEFA analysts (located off-site) as part of IEEFA’s research team to determine research priorities and discuss status of various projects
  • Reading and monitoring a series of publications (including industry trade publications, major business media, and relevant local and regional media) that cover important developments in the U.S. energy industry and distributing notable information to the team
  • Analyzing data needed to produce IEEFA reports. Reviewing data such as information on oil and gas drilling; overall industry financial trends; the financial data of individual companies and projects; data on job creation and tax payments
  • Preparing and organizing data for visual presentation through charts, graphs and descriptions
  • Conducting research on specific oil, gas and petrochemical industry projects, including tracking ownership, production and projections
  • Investigating economic effects of renewable energy projects in the region, including jobs created, local tax payments made and energy generated
  • Contacting community leaders involved in these issues to gain a greater understanding of local priorities and identifying research questions that need to be addressed


  • Have a strong level of political acumen and want to develop your decision making skills further
  • Are interested in the cross-over of energy and finance issues 
  • Are familiar with work around petrochemicals, plastics and natural gas in Appalachia (huge plus!)
  • Are an excellent researcher and writer, and have skills in data analysis and data presentation
  • Have experience with or an interest to work with environmental advocacy and labor organizations
  • Are interested in collaborating with a strong team of analysts in developing IEEFA’s oil and gas work
  • Have a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree in appropriate fields, including financial or business analysis, electricity resource analysis or energy economics
  • Are able to work independently within parameters of a project, with direction and support from IEEFA and a direct supervisor


  • Use a variety of original sources, including corporate financial filings, publicly available databases, trade publications and other sources to collect and analyze data on oil and gas industry activities and financial performance
  • Work closely with IEEFA’s team of financial analysts to create reports on oil, gas and petrochemical industry issues, including overall industry financial metrics and specific reviews of individual oil and gas industry-related projects, especially in Appalachia
  • Interact with civic and environmental leaders involved in these issues to identify community priorities
  • Research opportunities involved in renewable energy and “just transition” issues in Appalachia
  • Prepare presentations for and attend IEEFA’s annual international energy finance conference in New York in 2021

Location: Charleston, WV (We are also open to other WV locations if needed.) The researcher will be reporting to and working with IEEFA personnel out of state. 

Salary Range: The compensation range for this position is between $35,000 and $50,000 per year, depending on experience and skill level, plus benefits. 

Equal Opportunity Employer: IEEFA is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.