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Research Analyst (Carbon Management & Sustainability)

Ashburn, Virginia, United States

Position type:
Project Research Division
Reports to:
Carbon Management and Sustainability (CM&S) Lead
Date posted:
January 20, 2023
Closing date:
Open until filled

Are you passionate about helping the energy and industrial sectors progress their low-carbon and sustainability agenda? Are you interested in learning about what makes capital projects really tick? Are you good at recognizing patterns in data and developing solutions to help in decision-making? Do you enjoy analytical research work while also being comfortable in a client-facing role?


Independent Project Analysis, Inc. (IPA) has an opening in our US office in Ashburn, VA, for a Research Analyst on the Carbon Management and Sustainability team. In this role, you will work with a rapidly growing and entrepreneurial team, leveraging our expertise and unmatched data, to advise clients on their energy transition and sustainability improvement journey.

The Research Analyst focuses on developing analytical products and frameworks that support our benchmarking business as well as targeted research to help clients in the oil & gas, renewable energy, chemicals, mining & minerals, and other major commodity areas. This role is primarily focused on creating new products that drive the company forward and help our clients navigate a changing world. IPA is a company that values innovation, and the Research Analyst has a lead role this innovation effort.

IPA seeks a candidate for the Research Analyst position with strong analytical skills and intellectual curiosity who is looking to grow into an industry thought leader. The candidate’s interest in studying the complex relationships between project practices and outcomes is critical as is an ability to help with decision-making using real industry data.


The general responsibilities of this role include:

  • Developing new products and frameworks focused on improving sustainability performance of capital projects across onshore manufacturing and processing sectors (chemicals, refining, minerals)
  • Conducting qualitative and quantitative research and translating it into clear insights and recommendations
  • Developing reports and presentations, and delivering verbal (virtual or in-person) presentations to technical and business audiences
  • Working directly with client project teams and project organizations to improve business competitiveness
  • Acting as an internal thought partner in shaping and developing strategy for long-term growth
  • Staying abreast of trends in low-carbon technologies and external drivers (regulations, carbon pricing, industry collaborations, etc.) that influence capital investments


A bachelor’s degree in engineering, technology, or a related field is required; a master’s degree is preferred.


2+ years of experience working in an HSE, Process Engineering, or Operations group in the power generation, fuels, chemicals, or minerals industry.


One or more of the following:

  • Strong knowledge of environmental sustainability performance—quantification and drivers
  • Good understanding of low-carbon technologies and circularity
  • Experience working in multi-stakeholder settings or on corporate sustainability projects
  • Familiarity with various sustainability reporting and disclosure frameworks such as CDP, SASB, TCFD, etc.


This position will involve approximately 10 to 15 percent travel.

Why IPA?

IPA is the preeminent global benchmarking and consultancy for capital projects. IPA guides capital-intensive organizations to establish the right combination of people, work process, and governance to maximize cost, schedule, safety, and operability performance. We have a dataset of more than 22,000 capital projects as the basis of our work. Our clients are leading companies in the process, extractive, and technology sectors who conduct capital projects in the petroleum, minerals, infrastructure, chemicals, and renewables industries. IPA is committed to social and ethical responsibility and all global offices initiate or participate in local charity initiatives to support those in need.

We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, stable employment, and a long-term career path for professional growth and development. IPA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.


Applicants should complete the form below and include a cover letter, resume, and salary requirement. IPA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.


Interested in joining the IPA team? Apply now!
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