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.

Under the general supervision of the Research Scientist Supervisor I (Epidemiology/Biostatistics), Chief of the California Safe Cosmetics Program (CSCP), the Research Scientist (RS) II provides input and technical scientific consultation regarding the identification and control of environmental hazards. The RS II serves as a technical consultant on exposure science, providing knowledge of hazard recognition, assessment, and control strategies including engineering controls, appropriate use of personal protective equipment, and substitution of safer workplace chemicals and practices. The RS II participates on a cross-branch team for the development of a state plan with recommendations for response to adverse air quality events caused by wildfires or other sources. The RS II designs, carries out, and provides scientific expertise for CSCP and OHB public health investigations and research projects of moderate scientific scope and complexity. Researches, reviews, and analyzes the scientific literature pertaining to environmental hazards. Collaborates with health education and other staff to develop technical and educational materials on environmental and occupational hazards. This position is flexible (based on the need of business); it can be hybrid, telework-centered, or office-centered in compliance with CDPH’s Telework Policy and Procedures.

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.

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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.

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