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​Disease Research, Prevention & Regulation

A critical function in support of our mission includes protecting people in California from the threat of preventable infectious diseases like Zika virus, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and viral hepatitis.  The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) also provides services, conducts research, and releases information in the areas of genetic diseases and chronic diseases and conditions.

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Infectious Disease Branch

The Infectious Diseases Branch (IDB) conducts surveillance, investigation, control, and prevention of general communicable diseases of public health importance that are not covered by the specific programs of the Immunization Branch, the Tuberculosis Control Branch, the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Control Branch, and the Office of HIV/AIDS.  IDB implements its program through its four Sections: Disease Investigations Section, Surveillance and Statistics Section, Vector-Borne Disease Section, and Veterinary Public Health Section.  Diseases followed by IDB include foodborne, waterborne, vector-borne, zoonotic, and emerging infectious diseases.


Step 1: Create or Login to Your CalCareer Account

With a CalCareer account, you can take state civil service examinations, store different versions of your application, apply for vacancies, track your application status and save your resume all in one place.

Step 2: Take Examination/Assessment

Before you can work for the State, you need to take and pass an examination for the job type (classification) that you wish to be considered for employment. The assessment process can take many forms (i.e. self-assessments or written exams) and maybe required to be completed in-person or online. Examination Bulletins list the minimum qualifications and the steps required to apply and/or complete the examination/assessment. If you have current or past state experience, you may have Transfer Eligibility or Reinstatement Rights.

Research Data Specialist I$5,656.00-$7,080.00Multiple8PB39Continuous
Research Data Specialist II$6,213.00-$7,777.00Multiple8PB40Continuous
Animal Technician III$3,083.00-$3,857.00Contra Costa0H1BS06/30/2021

​Step 3: Search and Apply for Jobs

Once you have taken the examination or established eligibility for the job type that you wish to be considered for employment, you may be considered for open positions in that job type by applying for job vacancies. Login to your CalCareer account, locate the job posting you wish to apply for and click on “Apply for This Job” and follow the prompts.

Research Scientist III (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) - Epidemiologist III$6,911.00-$8,651.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Health Care QualityHealthcare-Associated Infections ProgramContra CostaJC-2595747/26/20218PB0402Continuous
Research Data Supervisor II - Research Data Supervisor (Enforcement Data)$6,722.00-$8,352.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Health Care QualityPolicy & Enforcement Branch / Hearings UnitSacramentoJC-2601148/12/20218PB43Continuous
Associate Governmental Program Analyst - Communication Specialist$5,149.00-$6,446.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Family HealthGenetic Disease Division - RichmondSacramentoJC-2604188/6/20219PB04Continuous
Research Scientist I (Microbiological Sciences) - Research Scientist$5,762.00-$7,161.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Infectious DiseasesMicrobial Disease Lab Program - RichmondContra CostaJC-2601228/2/20218PB0203Continuous
Research Scientist III (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) - Lead Epidemiologist Biostatistician$6,911.00-$8,651.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Healthy CommunitiesChronic Disease Control BranchSacramentoJC-2450208/2/20218PB0402Continuous
Research Scientist II (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) - Research Scientist$6,329.00-$7,866.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Infectious DiseasesSTD Control Branch OfficeSacramentoJC-2616788/10/20218PB0302Continuous
Research Scientist II (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) - Research Scientist$6,329.00-$7,866.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Infectious DiseasesSTD Control Branch OfficeContra CostaJC-2616848/10/20218PB0302Continuous
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