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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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​​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.

Associate Governmental Program Analyst$4,975.00-$6,415.00Multiple9PB04Continuous
Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist)$6,491.00-$8,075.00Sacramento4PB1001Continuous
Associate Health Physicist$6,272.00-$8,078.00Contra Costa; Orange; Sacramento8H1AZ43,755
Associate Public Health Biologist$5,662.00-$7,372.00Sacramento7H1CF43,692
Senior Public Health Biologist$5,914.00-$7,710.00Multiple7H1CG43,692
Junior Health Physicist$4,535.00-$5,559.00Contra Costa; Orange; Sacramento2H1AA43,843
Pharmaceutical Consultant II (Specialist)$6,418.00-$9,282.00Multiple2HAEE43,707
Public Health Microbiologist I$4,953.00-$6,597.00Contra Costa; Alameda8H1AF43,718
Public Health Microbiologist (Specialist)$6,120.00-$8,245.00Contra Costa; Alameda6H1AF43,718
Public Health Microbiologist Specialist (Virology)$6,120.00-$8,245.00Contra Costa; Alameda6H1AH43,718
Public Health Microbiologist II$5,604.00-$7,540.00Contra Costa; Alameda8H1AG43,718
Public Health Microbiologist II (Virology)$5,604.00-$7,540.00Contra Costa; Alameda8H1AH43,718
Public Health Microbiologist Supervisor$6,218.00-$8,375.00Contra Costa; Alameda6H1AG43,718
Public Health Microbiologist Supervisor (Virology)$6,218.00-$8,375.00Contra Costa; Alameda6H1AJ43,718
Senior Health Physicist$5,819.00-$8,900.00Contra Costa; Orange; Sacramento6H1BC43,720
Supervising Health Physicist$7,583.00-$9,912.00Orange; Sacramento; Contra Costa6H1BD43,720
Environmental Scientist$3,668.00-$7,013.00Multiple9PB01Continuous
Senior Environmental Scientist$8,779.00-$10,914.00MultiplePB104Continuous
Supervising Public Health Biologist$6,596.00-$8,609.00Contra Costa; Sacramento; Orange9H1AL43,692
Assistant Health Physicist$5,250.00-$6,749.00Sacramento2H1DS43,847
Research Scientist I (Chemical Sciences)$5,762.00-$7,161.00Multiple8PB02Continuous
Research Scientist II (Epidemiology/Biostatistics)$6,329.00-$7,866.00Multiple8PB03Continuous
Research Scientist III (Chemical Sciences)$6,911.00-$8,651.00Multiple8PB04Continuous
Research Scientist IV (Chemical Sciences)$7,946.00-$9,948.00Multiple8PB05Continuous
Research Scientist V (Epidemiology/Biostatistics)$8,741.00-$10,943.00Multiple8PB06Continuous
Research Scientist Manager (Chemical Sciences)$10,761.00-$12,219.00Multiple8PB09Continuous
Research Scientist Manager ( Epidemiology/Biostatistics)$10,761.00-$12,219.00Multiple8PB09Continuous
Research Scientist Manager (Food and Drug Sciences)$0.00-$0.00Multiple8PB09Continuous
Research Scientist Manager (Microbiological Sciences)$0.00-$0.00Multiple8PB09Continuous
Research Scientist Manager (Physical/Engineering Sciences)$10,761.00-$12,219.00Multiple8PB09Continuous
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​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 Supervisor II (Social/Behavioral Sciences) - Chief, Maternal and Perinatal Epidemiology Section $9,164.00-$11,416.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Family HealthMaternal Child & Adolecent Health BranchSacramentoJC# 1648888/16/20198PB081/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
Research Scientist I (Microbiological Sciences) - Food Safety Research Scientist$5,762.00-$7,161.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Environmental HealthFood & Drug Laboratory Branch - RichmondContra CostaJC# 1672638/16/20198PB021/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
Research Scientist I (Chemical Sciences) - Laboratory Analytical Scientist$5,762.00-$7,161.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Environmental HealthFood & Drug Laboratory Branch - RichmondContra CostaJC# 1676058/19/20198PB021/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
Research Scientist III (Chemical Sciences) - Quality Manager$6,911.00-$8,651.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Environmental HealthDrinking Water & Radiation Laboratory Branch - RichmondContra CostaJC# 1675798/19/20198PB041/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
Health Program Specialist I - Bilingual Health Program Specialist I$5,465.00-$6,841.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Healthy CommunitiesEnvironmental Health Investigations Branch - RichmondContra CostaJC# 1680548/27/20198H1CK1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
Research Data Analyst II - Research Analyst$5,223.00-$6,737.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Health Statistics and InformaticsPublic Health Policy & Research BranchRiversideJC# 1681728/22/20198PB381/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
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