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​Disease Research, Prevention & Regulation

A critical function in support of our mission includes protecting people in California from the threat of preventable infectious diseases like Zika virus, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and viral hepatitis.  The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) also provides services, conducts research, and releases information in the areas of genetic diseases and chronic diseases and conditions.

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Infectious Disease Branch

The Infectious Diseases Branch (IDB) conducts surveillance, investigation, control, and prevention of general communicable diseases of public health importance that are not covered by the specific programs of the Immunization Branch, the Tuberculosis Control Branch, the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Control Branch, and the Office of HIV/AIDS.  IDB implements its program through its four Sections: Disease Investigations Section, Surveillance and Statistics Section, Vector-Borne Disease Section, and Veterinary Public Health Section.  Diseases followed by IDB include foodborne, waterborne, vector-borne, zoonotic, and emerging infectious diseases.

​​How to apply

Step 1: Create or Login to Your CalCareer Account

With a CalCareer account, you can take state civil service examinations, store different versions of your application, apply for vacancies, track your application status and save your resume all in one place.

Step 2: Take Examination/Assessment

Before you can work for the State, you need to take and pass an examination for the job type (classification) that you wish to be considered for employment. The assessment process can take many forms (i.e. self-assessments or written exams) and maybe required to be completed in-person or online. Examination Bulletins list the minimum qualifications and the steps required to apply and/or complete the examination/assessment. If you have current or past state experience, you may have Transfer Eligibility or Reinstatement Rights.

Research Data Specialist I$5,913.00-$7,402.00Multiple8PB39Continuous
Research Data Specialist II$6,496.00-$8,131.00Multiple8PB40Continuous

​Step 3: Search and Apply for Jobs

Once you have taken the examination or established eligibility for the job type that you wish to be considered for employment, you may be considered for open positions in that job type by applying for job vacancies. Login to your CalCareer account, locate the job posting you wish to apply for and click on “Apply for This Job” and follow the prompts.

Research Scientist III (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) - Epidemiologist$7,811.00-$9,777.00Limited Term Full TimeCenter for Infectious DiseasesCommunicable Disease Control Division OfficeContra CostaJC# 34076012/19/20228PB0402Continuous
Research Scientist II (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) -Syndromic Surveillance Lead$7,152.00-$8,889.00Limited Term Full TimeCenter for Healthy CommunitiesSubstance & Addiction Prevention BranchSacramentoJC# 34122712/13/20228PB0302Continuous
Research Scientist Manager (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) - Branch Manager$12,161.00-$13,809.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Infectious DiseasesOffice of AidsSacramentoJC# 34129712/21/2022Continuous
Research Scientist Supervisor I (Epidemiology/Biostatistic) - Surveillance and Research Unit Chief$8,765.00-$10,923.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Healthy CommunitiesSubstance & Addiction Prevention BranchSacramentoJC# 34207312/19/20228PB0702Continuous
Research Scientist II (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) - Epidemiolgist$7,152.00-$8,889.00Limited Term Full TimeCenter for Infectious DiseasesCommunicable Disease Control Division OfficeStatewideJC# 3422261/3/20238PB0302Continuous
Research Scientist I (Microbiological Sciences) - Research Scientist I $6,512.00-$8,093.00Permanent Full TimeCenter for Infectious DiseasesInfant Botulism Program - RichmondContra CostaJC# 34307112/16/20228PB0203Continuous
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