European Research Institute for the Biology of Ageing (ERIBA)


The mission of the European Institute for the Biology of Ageing (ERIBA) is to gain more knowledge about the causes of ageing. Our studies are focused on the mechanisms that result in loss of cells with age and the decline in the function of old cells and tissues. We aim to develop novel strategies to prevent or combat age-related disease and to provide evidence-based recommendations for healthy ageing. Our approach is based on curiosity, communication and collaboration. Group leaders and their team working with unique model systems and technology platforms meet regularly and share their knowledge and expertise to accelerate discoveries.

ERIBA aims to become a world-class research Institute, internationally renowned for its cutting-edge basic science. It aims to attract top-level scientists of all levels of seniority. Staff scientists are expected to publish their papers in high impact journals with quality prevailing over quantity. There is ample opportunity to explore uncharted territory and embark on high-risk projects that can yield major breakthroughs. The development of novel tools and technology required to answer fundamental questions is a strategic focus. Long-term investments in developing a strong research program are favoured over short-term activities leading to incremental results. Staff scientists define their own research agenda, but are expected to collaborate with fellow scientists in ERIBA and its affiliated local and distant Institutions.

Education at ERIBA
Research in ERIBA is strongly connected with education and training of the future generation of Biology-of-Ageing researchers. ERIBA aims to be “the place to be” for the best students by offering comprehensive training in some of the best Biology-of-Ageing laboratories in the world. We have developed a cutting‐edge graduate curriculum in Ageing biology in which students will be exposed to a wide variety of model systems and approaches. The extensive training experience of the international faculty at ERIBA in other research institutes worldwide ensures an optimal educational and research environment.

Undergraduate students
ERIBA welcomes applications from undergraduate (pre-BSc and MSc) students who wish to pursue an internship in one of the ERIBA labs. Students would typically be enrolled at a biomedical, chemical, pharmaceutical, medical or bioinformatic program at their home University or University of Applied Sciences (“Hogeschool”). Prospective students are invited to explore the different research teams on the ERIBA website, and motivate in their application the interest for the lab of their choice. Although some short-term internships may be available, we prefer rotations that last for 5 months or longer.

PhD students
ERIBA offers an exciting environment to pursue a PhD degree in the Biology of Ageing. We aim to train PhD students to become independent, creative, multi-skilled scientists. Students devote most of their time to their own research project, but will be enriched by and benefit from the complimentary research activities in neighbouring labs. A large variety of courses, all taught in English, is available for PhD students to acquire additional skills. A PhD degree from one of the ERIBA labs will optimally prepare students for the next phase in their University or corporate career. PhD students in ERIBA will be enrolled in the Graduate School of Medical Sciences and defend their thesis at the University of Groningen. PhD projects in ERIBA typically will last 4 years.

Postdoctoral fellows
We are always searching for outstanding postdoctoral candidates with a proper training in molecular or cell biology who wish to solve scientific questions in ageing science. We encourage postdoctoral candidates to directly contact one of the ERIBA Principle Investigators to explore job opportunities.

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