Jobs at the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich

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Hi,

 

Does anyone work at the EPO and know of any likely permanent admin/secretarial vacancies that might be available within the next 12 months? My employment here will come to an end in the next 1-2 years and I don't want to leave but can only stay if I find something secure that pays well. I'm pretty fluent in German and have a reasonable knowledge of French and Spanish and have been learning Italian (from German) for the last 2 years. I did send a letter to the EPO at the beginning of the year but as they did not respond I don't know whether they would only respond if a suitable vacancy arose or whether they don't respond to individual letters at all!

 

Thanks!

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the EPO will not respond to independent applications, a specific post needs to be applied for.

English German and French are the offical EPO languages so they won´t be bothered about your Spanish and Italian knowledge.

keep an eye on the EPO website for vacancies, although at the moment there is a reduction in recruitment of Administrative Staff.

good luck!

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As if by magic...as Moonboot says only applications for specific job adverts will be considered. Tendency now is only for Euro contracts and no permanent recruitment. Yes, even the EPO are in cutback mode!

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As others have said above, all jobs are advertised on the EPO internet site

http://www.epo.org/about-us/jobs.html

 

Basic requirements are that you have to be a national/citizen of one of the member states of the european patent organisation - http://www.epo.org/about-us/epo/member-states.html -

and have good working knowledge of English, French and German (these are the official languages of the office).

For specific jobs, other requirements are given with the job advert.

 

To apply, you have to fill in the on-line application form. (I dont think that they will reply to letters.)

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Hi All,

 

Thanks for the replies. My nationality is British. I have been regularly checking the EPO website and have not seen any posts advertised other than short-term 1 year contracts which are of no use to me - shame! Looks like I'll eventually have to leave Munich for pastures new :-(

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Hi there,

 

is anyone conversant with the selection procedure at the EPO? A friend of mine has attended two interviews for examiner post already. The last interview that included a medical examination was about 4 weeks ago. He was told it could up to 5 weeks for a reply. Is this the normal procedure? Could someboy throw more light on the procedure? My friend is in complete "darkness".

 

Cheers

sretlaw

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yes it's normal, he should just be patient another week or two and then call if he has not yet heard anything.

good luck for him!

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Hi Moonboot,

 

thanks for the swift response. I will advise him to keep both fingers and toes crossed ;)

 

Cheers

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The whole recruitment procedure for one job took 9 months from Ausschreibung to signing the contract once at the EPO! they need plenty of time.

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9 months for examiner positions! This is really long. I hope his doesn't take that long.

Thanx for the infos.

 

Cheers

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No, I never mentioned 9 months for examiner positions. The job I am speaking about was for an admin position in the legal department. It was also a permanent-contract job so maybe that's why it took longer. It was for an acquaintance of mine. So, coupled with Mr Mosh's response it looks like it's a general trend.

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Mr. Mosh,

 

are you an examiner?

 

Why do they take this long? I am not complaining though. I just want to understand what extends the process this much.

 

Cheers

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All the bureaucracy is to blame - Advertise the job, collect applications. Sift through, invite for interviews, invite for language tests, make decision, make offer and wait for reply, if applicant accepts, invite for medical (can take 2 months) before contract is finalised. As there are so many different signatories it takes longer too. Directors, HR Consultants etc.

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Thanks UrbanAngel,

 

in my pal's case he did his medical examination on the day of the second interview. This is somehow strange because according to the selection procedure on the EPO Website, medical examinations are conducted after accepting the offer. Is this new or an exception to the rule?

 

Cheers

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