EPO - European Patent Office

IT Specialists

EPO - European Patent Office

The Hague and Munich

The European Patent Office (EPO) is the second-largest intergovernmental organisation in Europe, employing 7 000 staff from over 30 countries. As the patent office for Europe, the EPO supports innovation, competitiveness and economic growth across Europe through a commitment to high-quality and efficient services delivered under the European Patent Convention. With expert staff, motivated to set worldwide standards, the EPO plays a leading role in developing an effective global patent system. All its relationships - within the Office and with partners around the world - prosper through trust, transparency, fairness and mutual respect. Its processes empower people to use their knowledge and skills to the full.

Within our Information Management (IM) department of the European Patent Office, we deliver IT services to many thousands of patent examiners, support staff and other involved parties, not only in-house, but worldwide.

The IM department of the European Patent Office (EPO) has some 400 permanent staff, as well as a number of managed service providers, working on IT and information processing, with a professional and proactive focus on supporting the EPO's different business processes.

IM is organised according to the Plan/Build/Run model and functions as a Matrix Organisation.

As IT specialist, you will work on challenging projects in areas such as IT infrastructure, networking and VoIP technology, information retrieval and management systems and application/data/process integration.

Minimum qualifications

  • Diploma of completed studies at master's level (preferably in computer science) or - in exceptional cases - equivalent professional experience;
  • Excellent knowledge of one official language (English, French or German) and ability to understand the other two;
  • Citizenship of one of the member states of the European Patent Organisation;
  • The ideal candidates will have professional experience and specialist knowledge as well as being able to work efficiently in a multicultural environment.

Salary and benefits

The EPO offers competitive salaries, an excellent social package, and varied work in a modern international environment. The net (basic) monthly salary* for this vacancy ranges from EUR 5 317,77 to 7 530,93, depending on experience. In addition, depending on their personal circumstances, EPO staff may be entitled to relocation benefits and various allowances (e.g. household, dependant's, childcare, education, expatriation, installation and rent allowance).

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

Process and timeline

The successful candidates will be selected on the basis of qualifications, supplemented as appropriate by interviews, tests and/or a personality questionnaire.

Please apply via the ​link.

​Click here to apply!

It is intended to hold the interviews in May/June 2017 in The Hague or Munich.

Closing date: 16 May 2017

For more information on the main duties and selection procedure, and to access the online application form, visit:

We look forward to receiving your application.

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