Skip Navigation LinksScience

human resources branch



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

Back to CDPH Career Opportunities



​​Research Scientist

This 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.


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.

Locations Title
Assistant Industrial Hygienist$4,659.00-$6,366.00Sacramento8H1AR011/16/2018
Associate Industrial Hygienist$5,632.00-$7,692.00Sacramento8H1AR021/16/2018
Associate Public Health Biologist$5,135.00-$6,687.00Sacramento7H1CF2/16/2018
Senior Public Health Biologist$5,632.00-$7,343.00Multiple7H1CG2/16/2018
Supervising Public Health Biologist$6,282.00-$8,199.00Multiple9H1AL2/15/2018
Junior Health Physicist$4,319.00-$5,294.00Multiple2H1AA6/12/2018
Pharmaceutical Consultant II (Specialist)$6,261.00-$9,056.00Multiple2H1CU1/20/2018
Public Health Microbiologist I$4,717.00-$6,283.00Contra Costa; Alameda8H1AF1/10/2018
Public Health Microbiologist (Specialist)$5,829.00-$7,852.00Contra Costa; Alameda6H1AF1/10/2018
Public Health Microbiologist Specialist (Virology)$5,829.00-$7,852.00Contra Costa; Alameda6H1AH1/10/2018
Public Health Microbiologist II$5,337.00-$7,181.00Contra Costa; Alameda8H1AG1/10/2018
Public Health Microbiologist II (Virology)$5,337.00-$7,181.00Contra Costa; Alameda8H1AH1/10/2018

​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.

Environmental Scientist $3,493.00-$6,679.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Environmental HealthManufactured Cannabis Safety BranchSacramentoJC# 9033212/26/2017
Research Scientist III (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) $6,582.00-$8,239.00Permanent Part TimeCenter for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health PromotionCA Childhood Lead Poison Prevention BranchContra CostaJC# 903201/11/2018
Research Scientist II (Social/Behavioral Sciences) $6,028.00-$7,491.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health PromotionTobacco Control BranchSacramentoJC# 917351/22/2018
Research Scientist III (Social Behavioral Sciences) DARE Local Agency/ PPT Lead Researcher$6,582.00-$8,239.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Family HealthWomen, Infant & Children DivisionSacramentoJC# 9206412/22/2017
Public Health Microbiologist I $4,717.00-$6,283.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Environmental HealthFood & Drug Laboratory Branch - RichmondContra CostaJC# 9223312/26/20178H1AF1/10/2018
Environmental Scientist $3,493.00-$6,679.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Environmental Health Food & Drug BranchSanta ClaraJC# 9224312/26/2017
Environmental Scientist $3,493.00-$6,679.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Environmental HealthFood & Drug BranchOrangeJC# 9225712/26/2017
Environmental Scientist $3,493.00-$6,679.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Environmental HealthFood & Drug BranchFresnoJC# 9225012/27/2017
Research Scientist III (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) $6,582.00-$8,239.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health PromotionChronic Disease Control BranchSacramentoJC# 923351/4/2018
Research Scientist I (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) $5,488.00-$6,820.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Infectious DiseasesHIV/AIDS SRE BranchSacramentoJC# 9235012/19/2017
Research Scientist I (Social/Behavioral Sciences) DARE RS I eWIC Support$5,488.00-$6,820.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Family HealthWomen, Infants & Children DivisionSacramentoJC# 9277712/29/2017
Page Last Updated :