Opportunities in the European Patent Office


The job of a European patent examiner demands a unique combination of scientific expertise, analytical thinking, language skills and an interest in intellectual property law.

EPO patent examiners are drawn from over 30 different European countries. They work at the cutting edge of technology, analysing the latest inventions in all kinds of technical fields in order to protect and promote innovation in Europe. Their daily work combines scientific expertise with analytical research and an eye for the legal aspects of intellectual property.

In 2016 the European Patent Office plans to recruit more than 200 engineers and scientists to work as patent examiners. Work experience in industry is not essential, but would be advantageous. Based in Munich or the Hague, you must speak 2 of the 3 official languages (English, French, German) and be willing to learn the 3rd –  and be qualified to Masters level. The deadline for applications is 15 January 2016 for Munich and 29 January 2016 for The Hague.

Find out more on the EPO site

Open to graduate options?

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Science, environment, technology, food & drink, travel & creative industries…there are some interesting graduate placements available in Scotland at the moment through the Scotgrad Graduate Placements programme…and new ones go on all the time.

Since 2010, over 1000 graduates from 23 different countries have already made their mark with various projects across Scotland. Many of these led to permanent jobs and 75% of graduates on the programme go on to graduate level employment after their placement.

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Top 5 Interview Tips – #2 Might Surprise You!

For your reading pleasure, Careers Consultant Lindsey McLeod’s top 5 interview tips all in one place.

1) Be Prepared

You’ve heard it before: fail to prepare, prepare to fail. As dramatic as that sounds, its true. You may have submitted several applications recently but if you can’t find your application you submitted for this interview, to refresh your memory – what did you actually write all those weeks ago, then that lack of preparedness is going to come across during interview. Preparation involves time and research across all aspects. Who is interviewing you – can you find out beforehand? Where are you being interviewed – can you get there in good time?

2) Not trying to trip you up

Believe it or not the majority of employers want you to do well at interview, that’s why they invited you there in the first place. They enjoyed your application and this is your chance to shine and expand on the application. It lets them see what you’re like as a person and they also recognise you’re probably nervous – they’ve been there too! Try to enjoy the experience; that enjoyment will come across in the delivery of your answers.

3) Practice

You may think you can wing it, but you can’t. Like everything interviews take practice and persistence. The more you practice the more confident you will become in articulating your answers. You don’t want it to come across in parrot fashion though, as if it were a script. Once you feel confident with your range of answers you can adapt and interchange these during the course of an interview, so you avoid relying solely on e.g. your Volunteer experience for your teamwork example. In fact, your Volunteering could be utilised as evidence of your interpersonal/initiative/reliability. Once you’ve practiced and got the tools to answer a question, you will feel more confident adapting examples accordingly.

4) Be specific

Noone likes a general answer. You immediately lose the Employer’s interest if you speak in general terms. Go specific. Use S.T.A.R for competency based questions. Finding out about that specific volunteer event you ran in semester two of third year, as a member of the Yoga society in conjunction with the Guinea Pig Appreciation society is far more memorable then talking about every event you’ve ever organised in a general, top-level way.

5) Tell them something they don’t know


Only you know what interests you about a certain company and rather than regurgitating what’s on a company’s website about them being a ‘top 100 graduate employer’ why not find out something they aren’t necessarily aware of. A recent news article mentioning them which caught your attention and got you thinking or that Employer event you attended and spoke to a really enthusiastic employee; the personal angle will have far more impact.

From Physics to Data Science: my transition from academia to industry

Great event coming up on 17 Dec at the Data Lab. Find out more here:

“From Physics to Data Science – My transition from Academia to Industry”

Thursday, Dec 17, 2015, 6:30 PM

The Data Lab
University of Edinburgh, 15 South College Street, EH8 9AA Edinburgh, GB

34 Data & Technology enthusiasts Attending

Martina Pugliese, PHD – Data Scientist – Mallzeehttps://uk.linkedin.com/in/martinapugliese“From Physics to Data Science – My transition from Academia to Industry”Martina will talk about how you convince an industry that you are good for them, what skills you need to refine, soft skills you need to leverage, mathematics and numerical abilities an…

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New Tech Career Books

Good post from my colleague Lizzie Mortimer highlighting our excellent tech-related careers resources. A must-read if you are aiming for top tech organisations like Google, Microsoft, Apple (and IBM, Fujitsu…there are others!) Our resources are also available at Weir Building, Kings Buildings.

UoE Informatics Careers Blog

The Careers Service has recently added a number of tech related careers books to our collection of reference materials.  books

These books provide advice from those in the know about what to expect from tech interviews, the types of psychometric and technical tests which are used and how to stand out from the other candidates.  Find them in the red section, and the green section (M) at the Third Floor, Main Library Building.

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