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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.

Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist)$6,182.00-$7,690.00Sacramento4PB1001Continuous
Assistant Industrial Hygienist$4,659.00-$6,366.00Sacramento8H1AR0143,175
Associate Industrial Hygienist$5,632.00-$7,692.00Sacramento8H1AR0243,175
Associate Public Health Biologist$5,135.00-$6,687.00Sacramento7H1CF43,147
Senior Public Health Biologist$5,632.00-$7,343.00Multiple7H1CG43,147
Junior Health Physicist$4,319.00-$5,294.00Multiple2H1AA43,263
Pharmaceutical Consultant II (Specialist)$6,261.00-$9,056.00Multiple2HAEE43,159
Public Health Microbiologist I$4,717.00-$6,283.00Contra Costa; Alameda8H1AF43,171
Public Health Microbiologist (Specialist)$5,829.00-$7,852.00Contra Costa; Alameda6H1AF43,171
Public Health Microbiologist Specialist (Virology)$5,829.00-$7,852.00Contra Costa; Alameda6H1AH43,171
Public Health Microbiologist II$5,337.00-$7,181.00Contra Costa; Alameda8H1AG43,171
Public Health Microbiologist II (Virology)$5,337.00-$7,181.00Contra Costa; Alameda8H1AH43,171
Public Health Microbiologist Supervisor$5,922.00-$7,976.00Contra Costa; Alameda6H1AG43,171
Public Health Microbiologist Supervisor (Virology)$5,922.00-$7,976.00Contra Costa; Alameda6H1AJ43,171
Senior Health Physicist$6,494.00-$8,476.00Contra Costa; Orange; Sacramento6H1BC43,171
Supervising Health Physicist$7,222.00-$9,440.00Orange; Sacramento; Contra Costa6H1BD43,171
Environmental Scientist$3,493.00-$6,679.00Multiple9PB01Continuous
Senior Environmental Scientist$8,779.00-$10,914.00MultiplePB104Continuous
Supervising Public Health Biologist$6,282.00-$8,199.00Contra Costa; Sacramento; Orange9H1AL43,327

​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 I (Social/Behavioral Sciences) $7,387.00-$9,206.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health PromotionTobacco Control BranchSacramentoJC# 998063/26/20181/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
Research Scientist II (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) - Chronic Disease Surveillance Epidemiologist $6,028.00-$7,491.00Permanent Full TimeDivision of Chronic Disease & Injury ControlChronic Disease Surveillance & Research BranchSacramentoJC# 1017983/26/2018
Research Scientist IV (Food And Drug Sciences) $7,568.00-$9,474.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Environmental HealthFood & Drug Branch - Sacramento HQSacramentoJC# 1031093/26/20181/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
Research Scientist II (Microbiological Sciences) - Food Safety Reserch Scientist$6,028.00-$7,491.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Environmental HealthFood & Drug Laboratory Branch - RichmondContra CostaJC# 1033513/26/20181/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
Research Scientist Supervisor I(Epidemiology/Biostatistics) - Chief of Evaluation Unit$7,387.00-$9,206.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Family HealthGenetic Disease Division - RichmondContra CostaJC# 1042704/30/20181/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
Research Scientist III (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) - Maternal and Perinatal Epidemiologist$6,582.00-$8,239.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Family HealthMaternal Child & Adolecent Health BranchSacramentoJC# 1048514/5/20181/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
Associate Public Health Biologist - Associate Public Health Biologist$5,135.00-$6,687.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Infectious DiseasesInfectious Disease Branch - RichmondContra CostaJC# 1044554/4/20187H1CF1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
Research Scientist II (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) $6,028.00-$7,491.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health PromotionEnvironmental Health Investigations Branch - RichmondContra CostaJC# 1050884/6/20181/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) - Environmental Mapping and Foodborne Outbreak Response Specialist$6,182.00-$7,690.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Environmental HealthFood & Drug Branch - Sacramento HQSacramentoJC# 1050564/6/20184PB10011/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
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