Job Description and Duties
Under the general supervision of the Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisory), Chief of the Investigations Unit (IU), within the Exposure Investigations Section, of the Environmental Health Investigations Branch (EHIB), the Research Scientist II (RS II) Epidemiology/Biostatistics (Epi/Bio) plans, organizes, and carries out scientific research studies of moderate scope and complexity, and serves as an integral  member of the multidisciplinary Toxicological Outbreak Program (TOP), which identifies and responds to noninfectious disease outbreaks in California. The RS II position requires close working relationships with team members, stakeholders and other state, local and federal governmental partners. As part of the TOP, the RS II provides epidemiological expertise to reduce risks from chemical exposures in California communities, specifically vulnerable populations. The RS II supports TOP’s technical infrastructure and provides epidemiologic guidance in the development of a comprehensive plan to respond to toxicological outbreaks from exposure to chemicals and toxins. Statewide travel, up to 15%, with possible overnight stay(s) may be required.


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 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.


The attached duty statement indicates whether this position is eligible for telework. All employees who telework are required to be California residents in accordance with Government Code 14200, and may be required to report to a CDPH office, when needed. Candidates who reside outside of the state of California may be interviewed; however, the selected candidate must have a primary residency in the state of California prior to appointment (and continue to maintain California residency) as a condition of employment. Failure to meet this requirement may result in the job offer being rescinded.

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.