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Research Analyst, Major Processing Industries

Ashburn, Virginia, United States

Position type:
Full Time, Permanent
Project Research Division
Reports to:
PES Team Lead
Date posted:
March 5, 2019
Closing date:
Open until filled


Independent Project Analysis, Inc. (IPA) improves the competitiveness of our customers through enabling more effective use of capital in their businesses. It is our mission and unique competence to conduct research into the functioning of capital projects and project systems and to apply the results of that research to help our customers create and use their capital assets more efficiently.

IPA is a global company with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Australia, Brazil and Singapore. We are looking for a Research Analyst – Major Processing Industries to join our team in North America. 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.



  • A Bachelor's degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering or related field
  • 0-2 years of experience in a field related to oil & gas, capital projects; or engineering, with an interest in learning these fields
  • Proven ability to turn an abstract concept or idea into something actionable
  • Ability to distill and communicate insights from complex data
  • Flexibility in thought / approach (as opposed to a rigid perspective)
  • Strong intellectual curiosity - a desire to learn and apply new things
  • Track record of finding creative solutions to complex problems
  • Ability to manage projects / research independently
  • Positive attitude and willingness to work in a team
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills


  • Graduate Degree in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry an asset (but not required)
  • Proficient with statistical software (knowledge of STATA® is preferred)
  • Knowledge or experience with capital projects
  • Knowledge or experience with the oil and gas industry
  • Experience with direct client engagement


General responsibilities for the position include analyzing data, conducting research, developing products, writing reports, and giving client presentations. More specifically, the downstream research analyst will work on studies related to the industry focusing on cost and schedule effectiveness for hydro processing & transportation, & chemicals projects. The analyst will collaborate with cross-functional groups within IPA and work directly with clients to address their questions and needs.


  • This position may involve approximately 10-15% travel


  • Cover Letter (only applications with a cover letter will be considered)
  • Resume


Interested in joining the IPA team? Apply now!
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