Since July 2019 Sascha Zirra is head of unit at the Federal Employment Agency, responsible for media based occupational orientation, self-information and self-assessment tools. Before, he has been – inter alia – managing head of a local agency of the Federal Employment Agency, advisor to the CEO of the Federal Employment Agency, Senior Researcher and Advisor to the Director at the IAB – Institute for Employment Research ,  and Research Fellow at the Jean Monnet Centre for Europeanisation and Transnational Regulations Oldenburg (CETRO).

He holds a PhD in Sociology. His doctoral dissertation, defended in 2009 (University of Oldenburg), focused on «The Europeanization of Domestic Employment Policy. European Coordination and Institutional Reform».

He has been visiting researcher at Centre d’études européennes de Sciences Po (February to April 2010) and at Sapienza, Università di Roma (January to April 2006).