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 Research Scientist II (RS II) (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) works under the general supervision of the Research Scientist Supervisor I (Social/Behavioral Sciences), Chief, Epidemiology and Evaluation Unit. The RS II plans, organizes, and carries out epidemiological research studies of moderate scientific scope and complexity and participates in the development, implementation, and management of formative research and program evaluation studies focused on cannabis and other substance use, misuse, addiction, behavioral health (i.e. the association between mental health and substance use), and overdose prevention interventions. The RS II will use epidemiological research methods to evaluate data sources, develop scientific indicators and tools, conduct scientific studies, conduct analyses, and write up reports, data briefs, and manuscripts for dissemination to diverse audiences. The RS II will be responsible for ensuring the scientific quality of all administrative and research reporting requirements. Light in-state travel will be required. Some overnight stays may be required.

This position is eligible for telework in accordance with CDPH’s Telework Policies 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 Failure to meet this requirement may result in the job offer being rescinded.

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.

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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.