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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$5,149.00-$6,446.00Multiple9PB04Continuous
Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist)$6,491.00-$8,075.00Sacramento4PB1001Continuous
Associate Health Physicist$6,586.00-$8,482.00Contra Costa; Orange; Sacramento8H1AZ10/16/2020
Pharmaceutical Consultant II (Specialist)$6,546.00-$9,468.00Multiple2HAEE08/31/2020
Public Health Microbiologist I$5,201.00-$6,927.00Contra Costa; Alameda8H1AF09/10/2020
Public Health Microbiologist (Specialist)$6,426.00-$8,657.00Contra Costa; Alameda6H1AF09/10/2020
Public Health Microbiologist Specialist (Virology)$6,426.00-$8,657.00Contra Costa; Alameda6H1AH09/10/2020
Public Health Microbiologist II$5,884.00-$7,917.00Contra Costa; Alameda8H1AG09/10/2020
Public Health Microbiologist II (Virology)$5,884.00-$7,917.00Contra Costa; Alameda8H1AH09/10/2020
Public Health Microbiologist Supervisor$6,529.00-$8,794.00Contra Costa; Alameda6H1AG09/10/2020
Public Health Microbiologist Supervisor (Virology)$6,529.00-$8,794.00Contra Costa; Alameda6H1AJ09/10/2020
Environmental Scientist$3,851.00-$7,364.00Multiple9PB01Continuous
Research Scientist I (Chemical Sciences)$5,762.00-$7,161.00Multiple8PB0201Continuous
Research Scientist II (Epidemiology/Biostatistics)$6,329.00-$7,866.00Multiple8PB0302Continuous
Research Scientist III (Chemical Sciences)$6,911.00-$8,651.00Multiple8PB0401Continuous
Research Scientist IV (Chemical Sciences)$7,946.00-$9,948.00Multiple8PB0501Continuous
Research Scientist V (Epidemiology/Biostatistics)$8,741.00-$10,943.00Multiple8PB0602Continuous
Research Scientist Manager (Chemical Sciences)$11,299.00-$12,830.00Multiple8PB0901Continuous
Research Scientist Manager (Epidemiology/Biostatistics)$11,299.00-$12,830.00Multiple8PB0902Continuous
Research Scientist Manager (Food and Drug Sciences)$11,299.00-$12,830.00Multiple8PB0903Continuous
Research Scientist Manager (Microbiological Sciences)$11,299.00-$12,830.00Multiple8PB0904Continuous
Research Scientist Manager (Physical/Engineering Sciences)$11,299.00-$12,830.00Multiple8PB0905Continuous
Research Scientist Manager (Social/Behavioral Sciences)$11,299.00-$12,830.00Multiple8PB0906Continuous
Research Scientist I (Epidemiology/Biostatistics Sciences)$5,762.00-$7,161.00Multiple8PB0202Continuous
Research Scientist I (Microbiological Sciences)$5,762.00-$7,161.00Multiple8PB0203Continuous
Research Scientist I (Physical/Engineering Sciences)$5,762.00-$7,161.00Multiple8PB0204Continuous
Research Scientist I (Social/Behavioral Sciences)$5,762.00-$7,161.00Multiple8PB0205Continuous
Research Scientist II (Chemical Sciences)$6,329.00-$7,866.00Multiple8PB0301Continuous
Research Scientist II (Food and Drug Sciences)$6,329.00-$7,866.00Multiple8PB0303Continuous
Research Scientist II (Microbiological Sciences)$6,329.00-$7,866.00Multiple8PB0304Continuous
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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 I (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) - Perinatal Epidemiologist$5,762.00-$7,161.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Family HealthMaternal Child & Adolecent Health BranchSacramentoJC# 2126428/31/20208PB0202Continuous
Senior Health Physicist - Supervising X-Ray Physicist$5,819.00-$8,900.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Environmental HealthRadiologic Health Branch - SacramentoSacramentoJC# 2128379/1/20206H1BC09/11/2020
Research Scientist II (Microbiological Sciences) - Research Scientist II (Microbiological Sciences)$6,329.00-$7,866.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Infectious DiseasesMicrobial Disease Lab Program - RichmondContra CostaJC# 2154269/23/20208PB0304Continuous
Research Data Analyst II - Research Data Supervisor (Enforcement Data)$5,406.00-$6,771.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Health Care QualitySystems Technology & ResearchSacramentoJC# 2151109/21/20208PB38Continuous
Research Scientist I (Microbiological Sciences) - Research Scientist I (Microbiological Sciences)$5,762.00-$7,161.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Infectious DiseasesMicrobial Disease Lab Program - RichmondContra CostaJC# 2151849/21/20208PB0203Continuous
Research Scientist II (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) - Antimicrobial Resistance Epidemiologist II$6,329.00-$7,866.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Health Care QualityHealthcare-Associated Infections ProgramContra CostaJC# 2159329/25/20208PB0302Continuous
- Research Scientist III$0.00-$0.00Permanent Full TimeSacramentoJC# 21650410/7/2020Continuous
Research Scientist II (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) - Epidemiologist II$6,329.00-$7,866.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Health Care QualityHealthcare-Associated Infections ProgramContra CostaJC# 2164869/30/20208PB0302Continuous
- Research Scientist$0.00-$0.00Permanent Full TimeSacramentoJC# 21664210/1/2020Continuous
Research Scientist Supervisor II (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) - Surveillance Section Chief$9,164.00-$11,416.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Infectious DiseasesHIV / AIDS SRE BranchSacramentoJC# 21655910/1/20208PB0802Continuous
Research Scientist II (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) - Toxicological Outbreak Investigations Scientist$6,329.00-$7,866.00Limited Term Full TimeCenter for Healthy CommunitiesEnvironmental Health Investigations Branch - RichmondContra CostaJC# 21702110/5/20208PB0302Continuous
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