What we are looking for:
The academic requirements are rigorous. Candidates should have an excellent track record of achievement at school and university with a minimum of a 2.1 honours degree in a scientific or technical subject, preferably physics, engineering, chemistry or biosciences such as molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology or plant sciences. We are open to applications from candidates holding or studying for a bachelors, masters or PhD degree.
Essential skills: excellent spoken and written English, accuracy and an eye for detail, the ability to explain complex matters clearly, proactive, outgoing and friendly, team player and a good listener.
What we offer
We offer a programme of training to take you right through to qualification as a patent attorney (European and UK Chartered). We support you with one to one mentoring, external courses, internal tutorials and on-the-job training. Our reputation for training and record of first-time examination successes are second to none. We will continue to support your professional development throughout your career with the firm.
We usually encourage trainee patent attorneys to start with us in the autumn, in a recognised peer group, though we are very flexible about start dates. We encourage applications before the end of the calendar year for candidates who wish to start the following autumn. We will, however, consider applications from exceptional candidates at any time of the year.
Your application should include a CV and covering letter addressed to the head of the relevant Group:
- Biotechnology and Life Sciences – Pat Campbell
- Chemistry and Pharmaceuticals – Celia Keen
- Engineering and IT – Mike Nicholls