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Classifications in this job field are involved in a myriad of science-based work designed to promote safety, health and well-being of the people in California.  This may include some of the following specialized work: epidemiological investigation of disease reservoirs, disease surveillance, technological transmission studies, laboratory diagnosis and support, public educational efforts, coordinating and conducting emergency vector control, enforcement of various food and drug environmental health-related laws and regulations; preparing environmental permitting packages, regulatory permits, and other environmental documents; environmental analysis in a laboratory setting; preparing and editing scientific papers for publication; and researching and developing innovative programs to address emerging problems

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FEATURED POSITION

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​​Research Scientist

The Research Scientist series is responsible for the direction and conduct of highly specialized public health scientific research necessary to meet the responsibilities of the State to protect and improve the health of its citizens. The purposes of the research conducted are to contribute to the understanding, prevention, and control of illnesses and injuries and to develop public health education and prevention programs that result in reduced morbidity and mortality, and to measure the efficiency of the health care system in reducing morbidity and mortality.

There are over 50 classifications in this series ranging from Research Scientist I - IV, Research Scientist Supervisor I, II and Research Scientist Manager in various specialties including chemical, epidemiology/biostatistics, food and drug sciences, microbiological, physical and engineering, social/behavioral and veterinary sciences.

​​HOW TO APPLY

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.

  
  
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Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist)$7,336.00-$9,126.00MultipleOPBDJContinuous
Associate Health Physicist$7,089.00-$9,129.00Contra Costa; Orange; Sacramento8H1AZ01/19/2023
Junior Health Physicist$5,125.00-$6,282.00Contra Costa; Orange; Sacramento2H1AA01/14/2023
Public Health Microbiologist I$5,598.00-$7,456.00Contra Costa; Alameda8H1AF11/08/2022
Public Health Microbiologist (Specialist) $6,916.00-$9,318.00Contra Costa; Alameda6H1AF11/08/2022
Public Health Microbiologist Specialist (Virology)$6,916.00-$9,318.00Contra Costa; Alameda6H1AH11/08/2022
Public Health Microbiologist II$6,333.00-$8,521.00Contra Costa; Alameda8H1AG11/08/2022
Public Health Microbiologist II (Virology)$6,333.00-$8,521.00Contra Costa; Alameda8H1AH11/08/2022
Public Health Microbiologist Supervisor$7,027.00-$9,465.00Contra Costa; Alameda6H1AG11/08/2022
Public Health Microbiologist Supervisor (Virology)$7,027.00-$9,465.00Contra Costa; Alameda6H1AJ11/08/2022
Environmental Scientist$4,145.00-$7,926.00Multiple9PB01Continuous

​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) - Lead Research Scientist, Substance Use and Addiction Epidemiology and Evaluation$7,811.00-$9,777.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Healthy CommunitiesSubstance & Addiction Prevention BranchSacramentoJC# 34049512/9/20228PB0402Continuous
Research Scientist III (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) - Epidemiologist$7,811.00-$9,777.00Limited Term Full TimeCenter for Infectious DiseasesCommunicable Disease Control Division OfficeContra CostaJC# 34076012/19/20228PB0402Continuous
Research Scientist Supervisor I (Chemical Sciencies) - Classic Newborn Screening Laboratory Unit Chief$8,765.00-$10,923.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Family HealthGenetic Disease Division - RichmondContra CostaJC# 34117612/13/20228PB0701Continuous
Research Scientist II (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) -Syndromic Surveillance Lead$7,152.00-$8,889.00Limited Term Full TimeCenter for Healthy CommunitiesSubstance & Addiction Prevention BranchSacramentoJC# 34122712/13/20228PB0302Continuous
Research Scientist Manager (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) - Branch Manager$12,161.00-$13,809.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Infectious DiseasesOffice of AidsSacramentoJC# 34129712/21/2022Continuous
Research Scientist III (Microbiological Sciences) - Biosafety Officer$7,811.00-$9,777.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Infectious DiseasesMicrobial Disease Lab Program - RichmondContra CostaJC# 34130212/7/20228PB0404Continuous
Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) - Domoic Acid Control Specialist$7,336.00-$9,126.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Environmental HealthFood & Drug Branch - NatomasSacramentoJC# 34130412/7/2022OPBDJContinuous
Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) - Domoic Acid Control Specialist$7,336.00-$9,126.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Environmental HealthFood & Drug Branch - Santa AnaOrangeJC# 34130512/7/2022OPBDJContinuous
Research Scientist IV (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) - Health Policy Research, Data Management and Data Governance Liaison$8,980.00-$11,242.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Family HealthChief Deputy Director's OfficeSacramentoJC# 34151112/15/20228PB0502Continuous
Environmental Scientist - Food Safety and Domoic Acid Control Inspector$4,145.00-$7,926.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Environmental HealthFood & Drug Branch - GlendaleLos AngelesJC# 34187012/9/20229PB01Continuous
Research Scientist Supervisor I (Epidemiology/Biostatistic) - Surveillance and Research Unit Chief$8,765.00-$10,923.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Healthy CommunitiesSubstance & Addiction Prevention BranchSacramentoJC# 34207312/19/20228PB0702Continuous
Research Scientist II (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) - Evaluation Scientist$7,152.00-$8,889.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Family HealthMaternal Child & Adolecent Health BranchSacramentoJC# 34261612/29/20228PB0302Continuous
Environmental Scientist - LHRS Environmental Scientist$4,145.00-$7,926.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Healthy CommunitiesCA Childhood Lead Poison Prevention Branch - RichmondContra CostaJC# 34274912/22/20229PB01Continuous
Research Scientist II (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) - Epidemiolgist$7,152.00-$8,889.00Limited Term Full TimeCenter for Infectious DiseasesCommunicable Disease Control Division OfficeStatewideJC# 3422261/3/20238PB0302Continuous
Research Scientist I (Microbiological Sciences) - Research Scientist I $6,512.00-$8,093.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Infectious DiseasesInfant Botulism Program - RichmondContra CostaJC# 34307112/16/20228PB0203Continuous
Research Scientist Supervisor I (Social/Behavioral Sciences) - Chief, Violent Injury Prevention Data Unit$8,765.00-$10,923.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Healthy CommunitiesSafe & Active Communities BranchSacramentoJC# 34327412/19/20228PB0705Continuous
Research Scientist III (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) - Research Scientist III$7,811.00-$9,777.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Infectious DiseasesCenter for Infectious DiseasesStatewideJC# 34296912/19/20228PB0402Continuous
Research Scientist III (Chemical Sciences) - Senior Clinical Chemistry Scientist$7,811.00-$9,777.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Family HealthGenetic Disease Division - RichmondContra CostaJC# 34348512/28/20228PB0401Continuous
Research Scientist II (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) - DIS Epidemiologist/Evaluator$7,152.00-$8,889.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Infectious DiseasesSTD Control Branch OfficeStatewideJC# 34303712/20/20228PB0302Continuous
Research Scientist II (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) $7,152.00-$8,889.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Infectious DiseasesSTD Control Branch OfficeStatewideJC# 34324912/20/20228PB0302Continuous
Research Scientist III (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) - Rapid Data Surveillance and Analytics Lead$7,811.00-$9,777.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Healthy CommunitiesSubstance & Addiction Prevention BranchSacramentoJC# 34385112/29/20228PB0402Continuous
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