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Curious about future innovation?

Imagine exploring every day, before almost anyone else, breakthrough developments. As a patent examiner, you have the chance to support the inventors who will shape our world, and the lives of millions of people, for years to come.

Supporting innovation, competitiveness, sustainability and economic growth: that’s our mission at the European Patent Office (EPO)

As the patent office for Europe, we are proud to deliver high-quality, efficient services that promote a safer, smarter and more sustainable world. A world in which we are committed to helping achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the highest environmental, social and governance standards. Moreover, as an equal opportunities employer, the EPO is shaped by the diversity of our people’s personalities, knowledge and cultures. Interested in joining us?

What’s in it for you

Gain unique insights into the latest inventions
Work with inspiring multilingual people from a variety of cultures
Various career development opportunities to help you realise your full potential
Contribute to multiple projects that help shape the future of the EPO

Who we’re looking for

We are currently seeking scientists and engineers who share our passion for innovation and wish to work at the cutting edge of technology, analysing the latest inventions, in particular in the technical areas of:

Laboratory Equipment (ideally a good background in Chemical Engineering, Biotech or Physics, preferably experience in Microfluidics, Lab-on-a-Chip, Dispensing Technologies, Bio-Analytics, with a broad interest in multidisciplinary innovations)


What you will do as a patent examiner

Carry out end-to-end examination of patent applications, i.e. the texts and drawings that describe an invention for which an individual or a company seeks legal protection
Find and use the most relevant documentation to assess the patentability of the invention
Support the entire innovation ecosystem by deciding whether a patent is to be granted
Ensure the uniform and effective application of the European Patent Convention and other legal texts.

What we expect from you: Scientific expertise, analytical thinking, language skills
You enjoy solving technical puzzles. You make informed decisions with confidence and clarity, while considering all the legal requirements and the parties’ arguments. You explain things clearly and feel comfortable interacting with colleagues and applicants to process patent applications efficiently. You’re always keen to learn, hungry for knowledge of the latest developments in your field and beyond and eager to acquire new skills and to pick up technologies in different fields. Sound like you?

What are our minimum requirements?

Master’s degree (or equivalent / above) covering one or more technical fields mentioned above
Excellent knowledge (at least C1) of one official language (English, French or German) and the ability to understand the other two; alternatively, excellent knowledge (at least C1) of English (in such cases, the willingness to learn the missing languages and to reach level B2 within a set time frame would be required)
Work experience in industry would be an advantage.
Citizenship of one of the member states of the European Patent Organisation.

An above-market social package? That’s what we offer at the EPO

A competitive salary
Family-friendly benefits
Generous flexibility options allowing you to work from anywhere in the country of employment (min. onsite attendance applies) and a set number of days from any EPC member country
Relocation benefits and various allowances (e.g. household, dependants, childcare, education, expatriation, installation, rent allowance)
Contributory medical insurance and pension schemes
30+ days of leave per year
Free gym access
Social activities and clubs
Full list of benefits

Start making a difference. Simply click Apply.


The successful candidate will be selected on the basis of qualifications, competencies, professional experience and language knowledge, supplemented as appropriate by technical assessments, interviews and/or a personality questionnaire. More information on our recruitment process and how to prepare for can be found on our EPO jobs and careers site.

We are currently recruiting for future opportunities starting early 2025.

A talent pool (reserve list) may be constituted, should more candidates than required at this time be considered suitable following the selection procedure. Such talent pools are valid for a period of 24 months and talent pool candidates may be contacted, should a vacancy with substantially the same profile arise during that period.


Key information

Job group: 4

Grade: G7 to G10 (net (basic) monthly salary* for this vacancy: EUR 6 750 to 9 620, depending on experience and location)

Duration of contract: Five years, with the possibility of extension

Career path: Technical

Location: The Netherlands (The Hague)

Working mode: Hybrid

Application deadline: 24.04.2024

Technical Interviews estimated for: April 2024 – June 2024

Final interviews planned for: April 2024 – July 2024

* after deduction of EPO-internal tax (no other national income tax apply) and before deduction of staff contributions to the social security and pension schemes.

We welcome all applications for vacant positions. We consider each on its professional merits – regardless of your nationality, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, parental responsibilities, age, religion or belief.

Diversity & Inclusivity:

We believe that diversity is fundamental to our success. Our inclusive work environment respects, values and celebrates our individual differences. We want you to be yourself at work.Join us on this exciting journey to a more digital, collaborative and sustainable organisation.

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