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Online application for the post of patent examiner

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):

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Please fill in your key if you have already filed an application with the EPO previously. Important: please wait 12 months before reapplying for an examiner post (even for different locations).

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. 

Applications from candidates having excellent knowledge of one official language but able to understand only one of the others may be considered, if they are willing to learn the third before starting work. In exceptional cases, the Office may alternatively consider offering a fixed-term contract for a maximum of three years instead of permanent employment. Candidates recruited on that basis may be appointed as permanent employees if, no later than three months before expiry of the contract, they can demonstrate that they have attained the level of knowledge of the third official language stipulated in the contract.