Job Description and Duties
This position supports the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) mission and strategic plan by performing as a laboratory specialist, screening newborn specimens for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) in a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified genetic laboratory.

The Research Scientist (RS) I (Chemical Sciences) (CS) will plan, organize, and carry out scientific research studies of limited scientific scope and complexity related to specimen testing for SMA disorder. The incumbent will utilize knowledge and hands-on experience of clinical chemistry, immunochemistry, and molecular biology to perform clinical laboratory activities.  The RS I (CS) will use highly complex methods including quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR), droplet digital PCR (ddPCR), and high-throughput liquid handling systems.  The incumbent will follow established laboratory procedures and quality assurance policy, carry-out laboratory assays, and perform data analysis using statistical analysis tools (Excel, Statistical).

The incumbent works under the supervision of the Research Scientist Supervisor I (Chemical Sciences), Chief of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Screening Unit in Mass Spectrometry and Molecular Section.

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 Failure to meet this requirement may result in the job offer being rescinded.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.