Galenics Engineers and Scientists – Career as a European Patent Examiner

  • European Patent Office
  • 14/03/2019
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Are you an engineer or a scientist interested in joining an international team of highly qualified staff? Do you want to see the latest inventions?


Then this professional opportunity is the right one for you!


Job group: 4

Grade: G7-10 (net (basic) monthly salary* for this vacancy: EUR 5 680 to 8 050, depending on experience)

Duration of appointment: five years

Career path: Technical 

Location: Munich 

Application deadline: 10.3.2019

We are currently seeking material scientists, with a Master's degree in engineering, physics, chemistry or natural sciences, to work as European Patent Examiners in the area of Galenics in the following technical fields:



  • We have vacancies for patent examiners with a background in pharmacy or the like, and preferably knowledge of applied organic or polymer chemistry, e.g. compositions, sugars or nucleotides.

    Your future team deals with pharmaceutical formulations characterized by their form or by their excipients. The field covers all kinds of dosage forms and drug delivery systems, be it solutions, emulsions, powders, tablets, (micro/nano-) capsules, liposomes or transdermal patches. Active ingredients range from inorganic substances, low molecular organic compounds to peptides and nucleotides. Many of the excipients used for solid and semi-solid compositions are of polymeric nature.

    In view of the variety of compounds/compositions involved, the team comprises pharmacists and (bio-)chemists with different technical backgrounds.


Your main 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


We expect you to be able 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


Your qualifications

  • Master's degree (or equivalent) in engineering, physics, chemistry 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 willingness to learn the third language and to reach Level B2 within three years would be required.
  • Work experience in industry would be advantageous.
  • Citizenship of one of the member states of the European Patent Organisation.


Recruitment events

Our next recruitment events will take place in Munich from 13.5.2019 to 17.5.2019.


Recruitment process

At the end of our recruitment process, suitable candidates are either directly appointed to a vacant post or added to the EPO Talent Pool for a period of 18 months. We may use the Talent Pool to fill vacant posts with a similar profile.



* after deduction of EPO internal tax and before deduction of staff contributions to the social-security and pension schemes.


To foster gender diversity, EPO encourages applications from female candidates. 
The EPO is an equal opportunities employer and supports workforce diversity as a signatory to the Diversity Charter (Charta der Vielfalt) since 2010.
All applications for vacant positions will be welcomed and considered on the professional merits of the applicant against the role profile for the position regardless of nationality, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, parental responsibilities, age, religion or belief.