With almost 7 000 employees, the European Patent Office (EPO) is one of the largest public service institutions in Europe. Its headquarters are in Munich and it also has offices in Berlin, Brussels, The Hague and Vienna. The EPO was founded with the aim of strengthening co-operation on patents in Europe. Through the EPO's centralised patent granting procedure, inventors are able to obtain high-quality patent protection in up to 44 countries, covering a market of some 700 million people. The EPO is also the world's leading authority in patent information and patent searching.
In 2017, the EPO received over 165 000 patent applications and granted over 105 000 patents. Its free online patent database, Espacenet, contains more than 100 million technical documents from 100 countries, and its free neural machine translation service, Patent Translate, provides instant, high-quality translation in 32 languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian.
Job group: 6
Grade: G2-G5 (net (basic) monthly salary* for this vacancy: EUR 3320 to 4690)
Duration of appointment: five years
Career path: Technical
Application deadline: 21.03.2019
The mission of Directorate European and International Legal Affairs, PCT (D 5.2.2) is to strengthen the patent system both at European and international level and to represent the Office in this area or work. High-priority projects alongside its day-to-day work include the implementation of the unitary patent package, the further harmonisation of substantive and procedural patent law worldwide, and the continued optimisation of procedures under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).
The directorate is now looking for a management assistant to support the director and carry out secretarial duties. The activities of the directorate frequently involve interaction with internal and external stakeholders, making for a varied portfolio of interesting and unique responsibilities.
It is intended to hold the interviews in week 15, in Munich.
* after deduction of EPO internal tax and before deduction of staff contributions to the social-security and pension schemes. The salary level depends on experience.
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.