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Job Posting: Epidemiologist

Department of Public Health


$7,811.00 - $9,777.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 12/15/2021

Job Description and Duties

Pending HRD approval

This position supports the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) mission and strategic plan by designing and implementing biomonitoring studies and communicating biomonitoring data to the public.  Reducing exposure to harmful environmental contaminants is an essential part of the CDPH goal to Strengthen Prevention and Control of Disease and Injury. The Research Scientist III will work with a team of epidemiologists to design and implement statewide biomonitoring.


Under the general direction of the Research Scientist Supervisor I of the Exposure Surveillance and Epidemiology Unit, the Research Scientist III (RSIII) coordinates highly complex research investigations undertaken as part of the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program (also known as Biomonitoring California).  The RS III designs and implements both surveillance and community-focused biomonitoring studies, including developing study protocols and survey instruments, and uses the most appropriate, state-of-the art statistical and epidemiological methodologies to analyze and interpret study results.  The RS III communicates the findings of biomonitoring studies to study collaborators, stakeholders, and the general public through papers and reports, prepares presentations for the Scientific Guidance Panel and other audiences, and serves as a scientific reviewer for materials by the program.


The RS III maintains expertise in the field of biomonitoring and environmental epidemiology, providing input and guidance for Biomonitoring California staff from both CDPH and other Agencies and Departments.

In-state travel, including overnight travel, may account for up to 5% of duties.

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You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

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$7,811.00 - $9,777.00
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Work Location:
Contra Costa County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Environmental Health Investigations Branch protects the health of all Californians by identifying environmental hazards, partnering with communities to build capacity, and promoting healthy environments. The Exposure Assessment Section (EAS) works to optimize the health of the people in California by studying chemical exposure across the population, determining the extent and source of exposure, and conducting outreach and education on how to minimize exposure.

Our offices are located on the San Francisco Bay at the California Department of Public Health’s Richmond Laboratory Campus. The Richmond Campus is a 29-acreproperty located in Richmond's beautiful Marina Bay. Our 700,000square-foot state-of-the-art green office building houses more than1,200 employees. This location also offers free parking, electric vehicle charging, and a bike share program!


Special Requirements

In order to be considered for this position, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts official or un-official and/or Degree for education verification  

For experience/education to qualify during the application screening process, and to ensure that minimum qualifications can be determined, applicants should include all employment history on the Employment Application (STD 678) and/or Resume, including detailed job descriptions, hours worked per week, and start/end dates (MM/DD/YYYY). Application packages without this information will experience delayed processing times and your eligibility for this position may be impacted.

A completed State application (STD. 678) and any other relevant documents (e.g. unofficial transcript, copy of degree, resume, etc.) should be submitted electronically via your CalCareers Account. Please reference Job Control # (276014) and indicate the basis of your eligibility in the Examination(s) or Job Title(s) section. SROA and surplus candidates should submit a copy of their letter with their application. Please remove any confidential information (i.e. social security number, date of birth) from your documents prior to submission.


Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareers Account at Submitting an electronic application through your CalCareers account is strongly recommended since electronic applications will be received/processed faster than other methods of filing. Please submit only one application.

If you are unable to submit your application electronically through your CalCareers account, please email for assistance and a CDPH Human Resources Division staff member will contact you to assist with the online application process or, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method as explained in the How to Apply section below. When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 12/15/2021

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s).

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Public Health
Attn: Classification & Certification Unit
P.O. Box 997378
MS 1700-1702
Sacramento, CA 95899-7378

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Department of Public Health
Classification & Certification Unit
1615 Capitol Avenue Suite 73.430
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Statement of Qualifications -

    Please see Statement of Qualifications instructions below.  Any applications received that do not provide a written response to the SOQ will not be scored/reviewed.  

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

  • Experience in epidemiological methods and biostatistics
  • Fluency in SAS or R statistical software
  • Experience with exposure assessment and environmental health
  • Experience working with biomarkers and other laboratory analyses
  • Strong technical, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team setting


Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the application process. The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position.

Human Resources Contact:
Human Resources Division
(916) 445-0983
Hiring Unit Contact:
Kathy Elliott
(510) 620-3651

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
EEO Office
(916) 445-0938
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Statement of Qualifications Instructions

The Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) will be used to pre-screen applicants for the RS III. The SOQ, in addition to your resume or curriculum vitae (CV), must be included with your State Application. in order for you to be considered for this position. The SOQ is not to exceed two pages in total, 12-point Arial font with 1-inch margins.

Please describe why you are interested in this position and how your education and/or experience relate to the tasks described in the duty statement. Please include your experience:


  • Planning and conducting complex population-level studies.
  • Planning and conducting exposure assessment studies.
  • Conducting complex statistical analysis in SAS or R statistical software

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail