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.

This position supports the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) mission and strategic plan as a mature clinical scientist to ensure the quality of performance and outcomes of results from our high complexity Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) certified genetic screening laboratories with a focus upon mass spectrometry (MS/MS) and molecular biology assays.

The incumbent works under the general direction of the Research Scientist Supervisor II (Chemical Sciences), Chief of the Mass Spectrometry and Molecular Section. The Research Scientist (RS) III (Chemical Sciences) will plan, organize, and direct scientific research studies of a highly developed scientific scope and complexity; develop assays and quality assurance programs for tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) and molecular biology testing and assist in designing of methods for the collection of data needed in management of contract laboratory operations. The incumbent will serve as scientific advisor or consultant to other lower-level scientists on specific laboratory procedures to carry out assignments. The RS III will facilitate the improvement and maintenance of laboratory quality control and quality assurance program.

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 Failure to meet this requirement may result in the job offer being rescinded.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