Career Listings

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis welcomes career listings and funding opportunities relevant to the interests of our members. To suggest a listing, please email the following to the SBCA Administrator.

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Career Listings



Supervisory Agricultural Economist, Department of Agriculture

Date: 12/11/2017

Application Deadline: 12/22/2017

Location: Washington, D.C.

Description: 

This position is located in the Conservation and Environment Branch of the Resource and Rural Economics Division.  

The mission of the Resource and Rural Economics Division (RRED) is to provide information and analysis to enhance public policy, and to conduct analysis that informs national public and private decisions involving the interrelationship among natural resources, environmental amenities, rural development, and agricultural activities, agricultural research and development, technology and productivity, the structure of farming, upstream agricultural and other rural businesses, farm income, and the well-being of farm and rural households. 

As a Supervisory Agricultural Economist (Branch Chief) you will supervise a staff of professional economists and support personnel. You will be responsible for planning, directing, and managing the Branch's program of agricultural economic research, analysis, and information dissemination.  Additionally you will be responsible for serving as the agency's reference point to provide economic advice and counsel relating to the branch's area of responsibility.  

To Apply: To learn more and apply, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/486327000.


Economist, Environmental Protection Agency

Date: 12/11/2017

Application Deadline: 12/18/2017

Location: Durham, N.C.

Description: 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has an open economist position in the Air Economics Group (AEG) of the Health and Environmental Impacts Division, in the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards located in Durham, NC (Research Triangle Park). This position is open from December 7, 2017 on the OPM website (https://www.usajobs.gov/) Announcement Number LV-OAR-DE-2018-0003,  for all U.S. Citizens, no prior Federal experience required, and will close on December 13, 2017. This position is advertised at the GS-12 level under the Economist (0110) job series with promotion potential to GS-13. EPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For additional questions regarding this vacancy announcement please contact Human Resources (Joan Alapati at 702-798-2420).

The Air Economics Group is responsible for analyzing the costs and economic impacts of reducing air pollution. AEG develops innovative methods to determine possible control strategies needed to help stakeholders comply with Federal air pollution regulations in a least-cost, efficient manner and is working on a multi-pollutant focus recognizing that EPA’s stakeholders need to meet multiple air quality goals concurrently. AEG is also at the forefront of applied microeconomic analysis, evaluating the impact of air pollution reduction approaches on firms, as well as behavioral responses to regulation in society from consumers and suppliers. AEG currently has exciting opportunities to advance the science of cost-benefit analysis and its usefulness in environmental policy, including opportunities to publish in professional academic journals.

AEG is seeking creative, motivated individuals to join our team of economists and policy analysts. Prior experience conducting cost-benefit analysis using economic and environmental models is preferred, though not required.  Individuals should be able to work in a multi-disciplinary team setting and be able to manage many different tasks. Problem-solving and communication skills are essential, as we are often faced with unique challenges, including lack of data and inadequacy of existing methods. AEG works with professionals within the government, academic, and private sectors, including university faculty and non-profit research centers.  Please contact Darryl Weatherhead via email at weatherhead.darryl@epa.gov with additional questions regarding the Air Economics Group. 

To Apply: To learn more and apply, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/486059600.


FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship

Date: 11/17/2017

Application Deadline: 3/1/2018

Location: Washington, D.C.

Description: Launched in 2012, this regulatory science fellowship is a collaborative program between the FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) and the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). It is designed for mid-career professionals to gain experience and expertise to further define and develop the field of regulatory science as it relates to the regulation of tobacco products and FDA's authorities under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

The fellowship is a 12-month, multidisciplinary residential program at CTP in Maryland. Fellows will be placed in one of six areas within the CTP: Compliance and Enforcement; Health Communication and Education; Management; Policy; Regulations; or Science.

Fellows are expected to complete the full 12-month residential fellowship. Each fellow will be awarded a stipend based on salary history (up to $95,000). Fellows may choose to enroll in a health insurance plan through the NAM or get reimbursed for a Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act plan (COBRA). Fellows with a sponsoring institution may be compensated for fringe benefits. In addition, each fellow may be eligible to receive a relocation fund (not to exceed $10,000).

Exceptional professionals with a minimum of five years of experience are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals of the United States, or have been admitted to the United States for permanent residence and have a valid green card number before applying to the program, and must have an advanced degree in one of the fields listed below.

  • Behavioral Science
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business Administration
  • Communications/Marketing/Advertising
  • Consumer Education
  • Economics, Political Science,and other Social Sciences such as Sociology, Anthropology, and Psychology
  • Legal/Law Enforcement
  • Medicine/Nursing
  • Physical Science and Toxicology
  • Public Health,including Public Health Ethics
  • Public Policy/Public Administration
  • Public Relations/Journalism

To Apply: For any questions, call (202) 334-1506 or email info@tobaccoregulatorysciencefellowship.org.


Senior Research Associate - Economist, Washington State Institute for Public Policy

Date: 10/6/2017

Application Deadline: 11/30/2017

Location: Olympia, WA

Description: Senior Research Associates conduct quantitative research, including benefit-cost analysis, on public policy topics. The work includes problem formulation, outcome evaluation design, benefit-cost modeling, literature reviews and meta-analysis, data and fiscal analysis, report writing, and presentations. Senior Research Associates typically lead major projects. The position involves close consultation with state legislative members and staff.

WSIPP is seeking an analytical and technically skilled economist to join our team as a Senior Research Associate. WSIPP conducts research at the direction of the state legislature or its Board of Directors. Previous research topics have included criminal justice, education, child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, and health care. WSIPP’s work generally falls into three categories: outcome evaluations of programs and policies, meta-analysis, and benefit-cost analysis.

The Senior Research Associate will primarily support the further development, improvement, and maintenance of WSIPP’s benefit-cost analysis capability across a wide variety of policy areas. The Associate will also play a leadership or consulting role on a variety of outcome evaluations, and conduct meta-analysis and literature reviews as necessary. Some current projects include: 

  • An evaluation of the effect of the integration of the involuntary treatment systems for substance use disorders and mental health;
  • A series of evaluations examining the impact, benefits, and costs of Washington State Initiative 502, legalizing adult recreational use of marijuana on public health, public safety, substance abuse, the economy, the criminal justice system, and state and local revenues; and 
  • A longitudinal analysis of the relationship between the Early Achievers quality ratings and outcomes for children participating in subsidized early care and education programs.

The Associate will contribute to multiple long-term projects at once and should be able to manage their time flexibly to meet associated project deadlines.

The ideal candidate will have a broad interest in evidence-based public policy; be a self-starter who is comfortable with ambiguity; possess strong quantitative, communication, and leadership skills; and have an eagerness to learn.

To Apply: Please see  job description for more information and visit https://evergreen.peopleadmin.com/postings/1619 to apply.


National Center for Environmental Economics Fellowship

Date: 10/27/2017

Application Deadline: open until filled

Location: Washington, D.C.

Description: EPA’s National Center for Environmental Economics (NCEE) is looking to hire a computable general equilibrium (CGE) modeler as a research fellow. It is a one year fellowship where a current or soon-to-graduate PhD or well-qualified Master’s candidate would have an opportunity to work closely with NCEE economists on various policy-relevant research topics. The position description is provided below. Please see the link below for specific information on how to apply, eligibility, contact information, etc. Also, feel free to pass this information onto others who may have qualified students.

A postgraduate research training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Policy (OP) National Center for Environmental Economics (NCEE) in Washington, DC.

The participant will be involved with NCEE economists and scientists in analyses and research efforts on benefit-cost research and techniques. The central focus of this research project is expected to be on developing new techniques and tools to incorporate the benefits and costs of environmental regulations in computable general equilibrium (CGE) models. Introducing complex non-price based policies into CGE models represents a challenge not yet robustly addressed by the economic literature, though the development of techniques for their incorporation could provide significant value for regulatory analysis. Similarly, there are serious technical challenges to consider when evaluating the benefits of environmental regulations (including health and non-market impacts of improvements in environmental quality) in an economy wide framework given how they propagate through the economy.

The participant will be involved in new and on-going research efforts focused on improving analysts’ ability to overcome these challenges. Projects may include direct development of, and analysis with, CGE models and/or econometric analysis to inform the calibration of CGE models.

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and EPA.

To Apply: Visit https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/2466 for more information and to apply.