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Online application form

Thank you for your interest in working at the European Patent Office.

Please read the following notes before filling in the application form:
  • The form is divided into six sections. It will take about 60-90 minutes to fill in. You can save any information you have entered at any stage and return to the form later.
  • You can copy and paste your own CV into the form.
  • For your security, the information you give will be transmitted in encrypted form and will of course be treated by the EPO as confidential.
  • The EPO operates a strict policy of pre-employment screening for new staff. Before the screening process commences, you will be asked to give your written consent.
  • Screening is a pre-requisite. Those who do not give their consent will therefore not be considered.

To enable us to establish whether you meet the basic requirements for employment at the EPO, please answer the following questions (further requirements may apply depending on the vacancy in question):

Minimum requirements
Completed secondary education or - in exceptional cases - equivalent professional experience. Working knowledge of EPO official languages.


Please fill in your key if you have already filed an application with the EPO previously.

Your application will be stored for two years. This period can be prolonged. After approximately 22 months you receive a reminder e-mail allowing prolongation.