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Job openings for patent examiners

Vacancies for engineers and scientists

Are you an engineer or scientist interested in joining an international team at the forefront of technology?

If so, apply now for our upcoming selection events for European patent examiners in Munich and The Hague.

The next events will take place in

  • Munich from 22 to 26 June 2015 and
  • The Hague from 13 to 17 July 2015.

Please see below for the technical areas in which we currently have vacancies.

There are a number of steps involved in the selection process to participate in our selection event:

  • Step 1: Application
    Fill out the online application form. Receipt of your application will be confirmed by email.
  • Step 2: Skype interview
    If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to participate in a Skype interview which will cover a number of areas as well as testing your language skills.
  • Step 3: Selection Event
    Upon successful completion of the Skype interview, you will be invited to The Hague (if you applied for a position in The Hague) or Munich (if you applied for a position in Munich) to participate in our selection event, lasting 1 to 2 days. You will also be asked to complete an online personality questionnaire and online ability tests (numerical and verbal reasoning) before attending the event.

The selection event will comprise one or more face-to-face interviews, which will evaluate your language skills and professional skills. It is also an opportunity for candidates to find out more about the European Patent Office via presentations and meeting current EPO staff. Candidates can discover more about the job of European patent examiner, a role which demands a unique combination of scientific expertise, analytical thinking, language skills and an interest in intellectual property law.

Please note that there are only a limited number of places available for these events. Suitable candidates who are not selected for the next selection event may be considered for a subsequent Event. Furthermore, due to the high needs in the areas of computers and telecommunications, suitable candidates may be invited for interviews at the EPO before or after the selection events.

The calendar showing all our 2015 selection events can be found below.

Who can apply?

Engineers and scientists with sufficient language skills. Please see our required profile section for details.

The job involves searching in online databases, analysing documents, communicating orally and in writing with patent applicants and their attorneys, and then taking decisions on the grant of patents valid in up to 40 European countries.

Please see our role of an examiner section for details.

“I didn’t want to be in a laboratory any more. The EPO offers something new and exciting.”

Cécile Denis, examiner for polymers, The Hague

Technical fields

We currently have job opportunities in various technical fields and EPO locations. Just click on the links below for more detailed information about vacancies in each technical field.

Important: Each EPO location advertises its own vacancies; incoming job applications are also processed locally.

Salary and benefits

The EPO offers competitive salaries, an excellent social package, and varied work in a modern international environment. The net salary for this vacancy ranges from EUR 4 500 to 6 500 per month, depending on experience. The EPO also operates contributory medical-insurance and pension schemes. In addition, depending on their personal circumstances, EPO staff may be entitled to relocation benefits and various allowances.


If you are interested in joining the EPO, you might want to:

Calendar 2015 selection events 



Closing date for applications


2-6 March 2015


The Hague

23-27 March 2015



27-30 April 2015


The Hague

26-29 May 2015



22-26 June 2015


The Hague

13-17 July 2015



12-16 October 2015

11 September 2015

The Hague

9-13 November 2015

9 October 2015

The technical areas in which we have vacancies are updated after each event. Applications received after the closing date for each selection event may be considered for the subsequent event. Please be aware that some vacancies may have been filled in the meantime.

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