Examiners in Mechanical Engineering
The Hague, Netherlands
The European Patent Office (EPO) - the second-largest European organisation, with 7 000 staff members and a self-financed annual budget of EUR 2bn - is looking for engineers and scientists interested in working as European patent examiners.
Our patent examiners are drawn from over 30 different European countries. They work at the cutting edge of technology, analysing the latest inventions in all kinds of technical fields in order to protect and promote innovation in Europe. Their daily work combines scientific expertise with analytical research and an eye for the legal aspects of intellectual property.
We are currently seeking engineers and scientists to work in The Hague in
We have vacancies in each of the following technical fields:
- Gas turbines
- Clothes and jewellery
- Elevators (preferably a mechanical engineer with experience in electronics and control systems)
- Inkjet printers (preferably an electro-mechanical engineer with profound knowledge of piezo-elements and their control)
- Rapid prototyping (preferably a mechanical engineer)
Your key 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
What we expect from you
- Master's degree (or equivalent) in physics, chemistry, engineering 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 Office may also consider offering a fixed-term contract for up to three years, which could be converted into permanent employment upon meeting the language requirements
- Work experience in industry is not essential, but would be advantageous
- Citizenship of one of the member states of the European Patent Organisation
as well as the ability 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
What we offer you
- Varied and interesting work requiring scientific expertise, analytical thinking and an interest in technology and intellectual property law, in a modern and truly international environment
- A continuous training programme to develop your knowledge of the EPO's search tools, your technical knowledge and your legal expertise in intellectual property
Salary and benefits
The EPO offers competitive salaries, an excellent social package, and varied work in a modern international environment. The net (basic) monthly salary* for this vacancy ranges from EUR 5 223.18 to 7 441.40, depending on experience. In addition, depending on their personal circumstances, EPO staff may be entitled to relocation benefits and various allowances (e.g. household, dependant's, childcare, education, expatriation, installation and rent allowance).
The process comprises a combination of various online tests (e.g. cognitive ability, personality, languages) and one or more Skype interviews. If successful, you will be invited to attend a 1- or 2-day selection event in The Hague. This event will involve one or more face-to-face interviews, supplemented as appropriate by additional technical, psychometric and/or language tests, and give you the opportunity to find out more about the EPO and the job of European patent examiner.
At the end of our selection process, we may place suitable candidates on a reserve list for a period of 12 months. The EPO may use the reserve list to fill vacant post with the same profile. However, being on a reserve list doesn't guarantee a job offer or imply any entitlement to employment at the EPO.
Our next selection event will take place in The Hague from 13.03.2017 to 17.03.2017.
If you are interested in joining the EPO, you might want to:
- read more about the application procedure
- meet a few EPO examiners to find out what the job is all about
- find out more about the working conditions at the EPO