The IEA can provide rewarding career opportunities to those interested in developing their educational research skills, and in supporting our portfolio of national and international studies and services. Our international team of respected and highly experienced professionals represents a diversity of cultural and educational backgrounds.

Current vacancies

Early-Stage Researcher (PhD candidate). Full time (40 hrs/week).

The Research and Analysis Unit at the IEA Hamburg seeks an early-stage researcher for a European funded project, commencing 1 August 2018. This is a full-time, three-year contract. The researcher must commit to undertake a PhD while employed by the IEA, and will be enrolled in the PhD program at Katholieke Universiteit (KU) Leuven or Technische Universiteit (TU) Dortmund. Candidates should already have a Master’s degree in education science, educational policy, economics, sociology, or a related discipline (obtained at the latest by July 2018).

Applications and attached documents should be submitted in English, as a single PDF, and should include a cover letter, OCCAM confirmation on eligibility (see; curriculum vitae; transcript of records listing the exams/courses taken at university, grades/marks awarded, and (if applicable) and the final degree result; a copy of the candidate's MA/MSc thesis (if incomplete at the date of application, please include the table of contents and at least one chapter); two letters of recommendation; and a comprehensive research proposal.

Applications should be sent no later than 15 April 2018, via email and as one PDF-file to: bewerbung [at] Please include "Early-Stage Researcher (0356)" in the subject line.

Test Manager. German-speaking. April-June 2018

IEA Hamburg is looking for several Test Managers throughout Germany.

Interested candidates should send their brief application (cover letter and resume) to testleiter [at] (subject: Bewerbung%20Testleitung) , indicating "Bewerbung Testleitung" in the subject line. 

Post‐doctoral Researcher in Education/Psychometrics. Full time (40 hrs/week).

The IEA has an immediate opening for a Post-doctoral Researcher with a background in psychology, education with quantitative focus, or statistics (or a closely related discipline) to support our Research and Analysis Unit in our office in Hamburg, Germany.

Interested candidates should submit an application, including a letter of interest, comprehensive resume, two examples of written work (published articles or book chapters), salary expectations, and availability to bewerbung@iea‐, indicating "Post‐doc Position RandA (0349)" in the subject line.

Lead Software Developer (ASP.NET, C#, AngularJS). Full time (40 hrs/week).

The IEA is looking for a Lead Software Developer to support the Software Unit in our office in Hamburg, Germany. 

Interested candidates should send their application including a resume, relevant references and certificates, salary expectations, and availability to bewerbung [at] (subject: Lead%20Software%20Developer%20(0341)) , indicating "Lead Software Developer (0341)" in the subject line. 

We also welcome speculative applications. Please feel free to send us an email with a cover letter and a copy of your CV to hr [at]


Our academic visitor program

The IEA welcomes academic visitors who wish to benefit from IEA Hamburg's vibrant research culture, and gain experience with IEA's international research activities. The program exists to build links and encourage collaboration with other research organizations around the world, enabling academics and practitioners the opportunity to work together on joint research projects, and exchange ideas and expertise with our own resident research staff. This is an opportunity to work closely with IEA researchers in our Hamburg office, who will endeavor to provide support and help develop your own research goals.

To learn more about the program, simply click here.


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Our Hamburg office has been awarded the “Hamburger Familiensiegel,” an award that recognizes us as a family-friendly employer.

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