5 650 - 8 050 EUR

Engineers and Scientists – Career as a European Patent Examiner

European Patent Office

Place of work
Munich, Germany
Contract type
Total wage (gross)
5 650 - 8 050 EUR

Information about the position

Job description, responsibilities and duties

Are you an engineer or a scientist interested in joining an international team of highly qualified staff? Do you want to see the latest inventions?

Then this professional opportunity is the right one for you!

We are currently seeking engineers and scientists, with a Master's degree in engineering, physics, chemistry or natural sciences, to work as European Patent Examiners in the area of the following technical fields:

The Hague and Munich
• Healthcare Informatics
• Technical Chemistry
• Medical Technology
• Handling & Processing
• Measuring & Optics
• Vehicles and General Technology
• Consumer Technology
• Civil Engineering & Thermodynamics
• Physics and Semiconductor Technology
• Electrical and Electronic Technology
• Audio Video Media and Signal Processing
• Information & Communications Technology

Your main responsibilities
• Carrying out patent examination from the search to the post-grant stage, and solving complex technical and legal problems in the process
• Taking a broad perspective to identify solutions whilst ensuring the uniform and effective application of the EPC (European Patent Convention) and other legal texts
• Creating and maintaining classification systems to ensure efficient and effective searching

We expect you to be able to:
• analyse technical and subject-specific information
• retrieve technical information from databases and other sources
• analyse and compare technical matter according to the legal provisions applicable
• make decisions following the assessment of complex technical information, the application of legal requirements and the examination of parties' arguments
• write clear and well-reasoned communications
• interact with colleagues and applicants to process patent applications efficiently

Basic wage component (gross) and other rewards

EUR 5 650 to 8 050, depending on experience

Information about the selection process

Please apply via the 'Apply' button.

Recruitment events
Our next recruitment events will take place in The Hague from 14.10.2019 to 18.10.2019 and in Munich from 21.10.2019 to 25.10.2019. As a general rule, you will be invited to the location (Munich or The Hague) for which your application is being considered.

Recruitment process
At the end of our recruitment process, suitable candidates are either directly appointed to a vacant post or added to the EPO Talent Pool for a period of 18 months. We may use the Talent Pool to fill vacant posts with a similar profile.

* after deduction of EPO internal tax and before deduction of staff contributions to the social-security and pension schemes

Requirements for the employee

Candidates with education suit the position

Secondary with school-leaving examination
University education (Bachelor's degree)
University education (Master's degree)

Language skills

English - Advanced (C1) or German - Advanced (C1) or French - Advanced (C1)

Personality requirements and skills

Your qualifications
• Master's degree (or equivalent) in engineering, physics, chemistry or natural sciences. The degree should be relevant to the technical field(s) indicated in this vacancy notice.
• Generally, an excellent knowledge (at least C1) of one official language (English, French and German) and working knowledge (at least B2) of the other two. In exceptional cases, excellent knowledge (at least C1) of one official language and working knowledge (at least B2) of another. In such cases, the willingness to learn the third language and to reach Level B2 would be required.
• Work experience in industry would be advantageous.
• Citizenship of one of the member states of the European Patent Organisation.


Brief description of the company

With almost 7 000 employees, the European Patent Office (EPO) is one of the largest public service institutions in Europe. Its headquarters are in Munich and it also has offices in Berlin, Brussels, The Hague and Vienna. The EPO was founded with the aim of strengthening co-operation on patents in Europe. Through the EPO's centralised patent granting procedure, inventors are able to obtain high-quality patent protection in up to 44 countries, covering a market of some 700 million people.

The EPO is also the world's leading authority in patent information and patent searching.The EPO received over 165 000 patent applications and granted over 105 000 patents, in 2017. Its free online patent database, Espacenet, contains more than 100 million technical documents from 100 countries, and its free neural machine translation service, Patent Translate, provides instant, high-quality translation in 32 languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian.

Company address

European Patent Organisation
Erhardtstr. 27
D-80331 München


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ID: 3693501   Dátum zverejnenia: 13.6.2019   Základná zložka mzdy (brutto) a ďalšie odmeny:   EUR 5 650 to 8 050, depending on experience