Job Description and Duties
Incumbents in one of these classifications, where a Master’s Degree is required to meet the minimum qualifications, shall receive an educational pay differential equivalent to 2% of their monthly base pay. Those where a Doctoral Degree is a required to meet the minimum qualifications, shall receive an educational pay differential equivalent to 3% of their monthly base pay. Individuals with both a Master’s and Doctoral Degree will be given the best benefit in relation to salary shall only be eligible for only one amount.


The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is currently hiring for a Senior Research Scientist (Research Scientist IV; Epidemiology/Biostatistics) within our Environmental Health Investigation Branch’s (EHIB) Exposure Assessment Section (EAS)!


The Senior Research Scientist works under the administrative direction of the Exposure Assessment Section Chief. This position is based in Richmond, CA and may be eligible for a hybrid-telework schedule with some in-office requirements.


The Senior Research Scientist will use their advanced epidemiologic and statistical expertise to serve as a technical lead for the California Environmental Contaminants Biomonitoring Program (also known as Biomonitoring California) and as a technical advisor for the Environmental Health Investigations Branch.



Directs design and implementation of complex statewide surveillance and community-focused biomonitoring studies to measure chemical exposures across California populations.
Works with the Biomonitoring California team to identify and prioritize biomonitoring research priorities.
Utilizes advanced epidemiologic and statistical expertise to determine temporal, demographic, and geographic trends in data and to assess potential exposure sources.
Provides leadership and mentoring on Environmental Health Investigation Branch projects related to environmental exposure assessment, climate change, and non-infectious outbreaks.
Advises the Branch Chief on branch-wide priorities and strategies to address priority environmental health issues.
Provides independent review of manuscripts and draft reports for scientific accuracy.
Maintains expertise in environmental epidemiology and statistics, biomonitoring and exposure assessment through regular review of scientific literature, attending technical conferences, and participation in State and national collaborations.
Leads and develops collaborations to identify and address impacts of chemical exposures on population health.
Directs the production of reports, papers, and presentations to communicate findings from Biomonitoring California studies.
Represents the Environmental Health Investigations Branch and Biomonitoring California across the Branch and to California and national organizations.
Reviews and critiques manuscripts, reports, and proposed legislative bills as required.
Mentors junior staff.

About California Department of Public Health

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) works to protect the public's health in the Golden State and helps shape positive health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. The Department's programs and services, implemented in collaboration with local health departments and state, federal and private partners, touch the lives of every Californian and visitor to the state 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our Shared Vision
CDPH public health professionals, researchers, scientists, doctors, nurses, and other staff­ members have a shared vision to protect and improve the health of all Californians. We are dedicated to public service and passionate about our work and the people and communities we serve and protect.