Deadline for application: 01-08-2019!

Reputation counts: putting health care benchmarking at work


Prof. Sabina Nuti / Dr. Anna Maria Murante

Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

Istituto di Management,

Laboratorio Management e Sanità

Piazza Martiri della Libertà 33,

56127 Pisa


Duration: 24 months


To improve the actual use of performance intelligence by the different end-users it is relevant to study and analyse how  performance evaluation systems and tools are able to stimulate changes in organizational behaviour at regional and local level, also by considering the different stakeholders involved in the health care system (policymakers, health professionals, patients and users). How performance evaluation systems should be designed and used to have impact, in particular with respect to professional engagement, is the main topic of this research project.


The candidate will: 1) Advance the scientific knowledge on how benchmarking can support policy making, defining challenging targets; 2) implement tools able to track unwarranted geographical variation to enhance the equity in access and treatment; 3) work on the promotion of tools able to identify priorities based on benchmarking, trends and avoidable variation; 4) work on the use of PROMS and PREMS in the target-setting phase from a clinical path-way perspective; 5) perform analysis to measure room for disinvestment and opportunity for resource reallocation; 6) design reward systems able to motivate different stakeholders: health managers, professionals and patients 7) study factors that make a difference in clinicians motivation and engagement.

Our research team

The research activities of Laboratorio Management e Sanità (MES) of the Istituto di Management at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa focus on: (a) healthcare performance evaluation, (b) applied research, in order to support actors involved in managing and innovating social and healthcare delivery; (c) executive education, for high-potential professionals in  regional healthcare systems.

Within the activities on the performance management and evaluation in the healthcare sector, a collaborative network, composed of 13 Italian Regions, has been created. The MES research team is composed by 50 researches and PhD students.

Your experience

  • Candidates should have a Master’s degree in health services research, health policy and management, management in the public sector, health sciences, medical informatics, social sciences or a related discipline. 
  • Basic statistical knowledge and experience with SAS, STATA

- Strong analytical skills

- Excellent higher education track record and strong scientific curiosity.

  • - Fluent spoken and written English skills

In addition, the following experience would be helpful, but not essential:

  • - Experience in performing and reporting on health services research
  • - Experience in international comparative studies
  • - Experience in stimulating active use of research results in practice and policy making

We seek a highly motivated scientist who enjoys an interdisciplinary environment and an interdisciplinary project, able to work in a team, interested to learn about policy making and performance evaluation in universal coverage healthcare systems.

Applicants need to fully respect three eligibility criteria

Early-stage researchers (ESR) must, at the date of recruitment by the PI, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained a master degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the HealthPros research training is provided.

Conditions of international mobility of researchers: researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.

English language: candidates must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training. Information about TOEFL can be found here .


In HealthPros, each recruited researcher will be seconded to the organisations of two or more of the partners for a duration of several weeks/months up to 30% of his/her recruitment period. Normal practice during secondments is for the researchers to keep their contract with the sending organisation, which also pays the travel and subsistence expenses (e.g. accommodation). During their secondment, researchers receive supervision and training at the premises of the receiving organisation. Secondments are differentiated from short visits, i.e. of a few days. Secondments are mandatory. If you apply for this position then you agree that you will be seconded to other organisations during your contract. 

Our offer

This 2 year research position is funded by the  Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions of the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 765141.  You will be appointed as fulltime fellow for 2 years with Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna – Istituto di Management, Mes Lab. The Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) programme offers a highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions. The successful candidates will receive a salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for early stage researchers. Exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment [Living Allowance = -€ 38.284/year  + Monthly mobility allowance = €600. An additional monthly allowance of €500 is applicable depending on family situation. The living allowance is a gross EU contribution to the salary costs of the researcher.

In addition to their individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from further continuing education, which includes internships and secondments, a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences.

Your application

You can apply by sending a mail to Prof. Sabina Nuti (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Dr. Anna Maria Murante (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with a cc to our project manager, Laurian Jongejan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Candidates are requested to provide all information regarding eligibility (ESR definition, mobility criteria, English language proficiency), plus a detailed CV, motivation letter, grades, and optionally 1-2 references.

For more information about the position you can contact Prof. Sabina Nuti and Dr. Anna Maria Murante by mail or telefone (+39 050883886). 

Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa, Istituto di Management

Sant’Anna School is one of the five Italian special statute university institutions (also called “Scuole Universitarie Superiori”) holding a unique position within the Italian higher education system. It is a public university - with special autonomy - working in the field of applied sciences: Economics and Management, Law, Political Sciences, Agricultural Sciences and Plant Biotechnology, Medicine, and Industrial and Information Engineering. It is a dynamic institution that promotes interdisciplinary research and training programs.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings is the only one in the world that includes all the main activities of a University: teaching, research, technological transfer and international visibility.

In 2017 the Sant'Anna School ranked as follows:

  • 1nd at the national level on a census of 39 institutions
  • 155th at the international level on a census of 1.102 institutions
  • 9th at world level of best young universities (under 50 years old)

Within the School, the Istituto di Management (IdM) is active in the field of management in the context of private and public organizations. The Laboratorio Management e Sanità, is one of the three research teams of the Istituto di Management. The IdM is also in charge of the Ph.D. program in Management in Innovation, Sustainability and Healthcare.