Research Scientist Manager (Food & Drug Sciences)Contra Costa, CA (Ref: 09m599-00105667-7h1bcm)

Sector, Sub Sector:

Other

Compliance Type:

Regulatory/Compliance

Expertise:

-

Company:

California Public Employees

Location:

Contra Costa County , California Americas, United States

Employment Type:

-

Job Description:

INTRODUCTION

An Examination Application (STD 678) must be submitted along with your Supplemental Application to make a complete examination package.

Examination applications are available at www.spb.ca.gov/jobs/stateapp.htm

A complete examination package may be filed in person or by mail to:

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
SELECTION UNIT
In Person: 1501 Capitol Avenue, Suite 1501 MS 1701
By Mail: P.O. BOX 997378
Sacramento, CA 95899-7378

DO NOT SUBMIT APPLICATIONS TO THE STATE PERSONNEL BOARD

If you are personally delivering your complete examination package, you must do so between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Complete examination packages will not be accepted via fax or e-mail.

To learn more about the job and testing arrangements, contact the testing offices shown below, or visit Research Scientist .

EEO

An equal opportunity employer to all regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, or sexual orientation.

DRUG FREE STATEMENT

It is an objective of the state of California to achieve a drug-free state 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.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications as stated below may apply for this examination at any time.  Once you have taken the examination, you may only re-apply only once during any testing period. The testing period for this classification is January 1 through December 31.

FILING INSTRUCTIONS

FINAL FILING DATE: There is no final filing date. Testing is considered continuous as dates can be set at any time. The testing office will accept applications continuously.

ELIGIBLE LIST INFORMATION

Possession of the entrance requirement does not assure a place on the eligible list. In order to obtain a position on the eligible list, a minimum rating of 70% must be attained. Names of successful competitors are merged into the open list established for use by the Department of Public Health in order of final scores regardless of testing date. Eligibility expires 24 months after it is established unless the needs of the service and conditions of the list warrant a change in this period.

Eligible Lists established by competitive examination, regardless of date, must be used in the following order: 1) sub-divisional promotional, 2) departmental promotional, 3) multi-departmental promotional, 4) service-wide promotional, 5) departmental open, and 6) open. When there are two lists of the same kind, the older must be used first.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMITTANCE TO THE EXAMINATION

It is your responsibility to make sure you meet the education and/or experience requirements stated on this announcement on the date you submit your application. Your signature on your application indicates that you have read, understood, and possess the basic qualifications required.

NOTE: Applications/resumes must include “to” and “from” dates (month/day/year), time base, civil service class title(s), and range (if applicable) for all work experience. College course information must include title, number of semester or quarter units, name of institution, completion dates, and degree (if applicable). Applications/resumes received without this information will be rejected. A copy of the official degree or transcripts will be required prior to appointment.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

ALL CLASSES:

 

Education:   The required degree must have been obtained from a recognized U.S. university or from a foreign university approved by the Bureau of Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education under the provision of California Education Code Chapter 3, Part 59, Division 10.

 

FOOD AND DRUG SCIENCES

 

Meet the requirements to be commissioned by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prior to appointment to the position.

 

 

RESEARCH SCIENTIST MANAGER (VARIOUS SPECIALTIES)

 

EITHER I

Experience:   One year of experience in the California state service performing duties comparable to a Research Scientist Supervisor II. And

 

Education:   Possession of a doctoral degree in the stated specialty or a closely related field or a degree of Doctor of Medicine.

 

OR II

Experience:   Two years of experience in the California state service performing duties comparable to a Research Scientist V in the stated specialty or in a closely related field.   (Possession of a recognized professional Board certification in the stated specialty or possession of a master's degree in Public Health or preventive medicine may be substituted for one year of the required experience.) And

 

Education:   Possession of a doctoral degree in the stated specialty or a closely related field or a degree of Doctor of Medicine.

 

OR III

Experience:   Five years of experience in the California state service performing duties comparable to a Research Scientist IV in the stated specialty, or in a closely related field.   (Possession of a recognized professional Board certification in the stated specialty or possession of a master's degree in Public Health or preventive medicine may be substituted for two years of the required experience.)   And

 

Education:   Possession of a doctoral degree in the stated specialty or a closely related field or a degree of Doctor of Medicine.

 

OR IV

Experience:   Broad and extensive research or scientific investigation experience (more than five years) in the stated specialty or in a closely related field.   This experience must have included major responsibility for the design, conduct, and analysis of a large or highly complex and difficult scientific research, and experience in the development, planning, and operation of multidisciplinary, complex, and difficult scientific research program involving coordination of several groups of disciplines, recruitment and training of personnel, budgeting and accounting of funds, and preparation of major reports and scientific publications. (Possession of a recognized professional Board certification in the stated specialty or closely related field or possession of a master's degree in Public Health or closely related field may be substituted for two years of the required experience.)   At least one year of this experience must be at a level of responsibility equivalent to that of a Research Scientist Supervisor II.   And

 

Education:   Possession of a doctoral degree in the stated specialty or in a closely related field.

 

OR V

Experience:   Broad and extensive scientific research experience (more than five years) in a field of medical specialization relevant to the stated specialty or in a closely related field.   This experience must have included major responsibility for design, conduct, and analysis of complex scientific research, or responsibility for the administration and coordination of large, complex multidisciplinary, or multi-institutional scientific research programs.   Two years of approved residency in a medical specialty relevant to the class title may be substituted for one year of the required experience.   At least one year of this experience must be at a level of responsibility equivalent to that of a Research Scientist Supervisor II.   And

Education:   Possession of the degree of Doctor of Medicine.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Research Scientist Manager is responsible for the supervision of Research Scientists I through V, Research Scientist Supervisors I and II, and other staff as appropriate and serves as the only managerial level of this series. Organizationally, incumbents are in the top management structure and are responsible for the management of a large group of scientific and nonscientific staff, composed of supervisors and nonsupervisors, typically totaling 15 or more professional State and/or contract employees. Programs with high visibility requiring unique scientific expertise in which the incumbent has independent science-based, decision-making responsibilities at a State and national level may manage fewer personnel. Incumbents provide management guidance and leadership in planning and directing scientific research studies or public health investigations that have advanced broad statewide and national scientific scope, complexity, and the highest sensitivity and policy impact. Under broad administrative direction, incumbents conceive, plan, organize, and direct the most difficult, advanced, complex, and highly original scientific research studies or public health investigations; provide leadership and coordinate scientific research studies and scientific investigations involving local, State, and Federal public health agencies. Incumbents make original, independent decisions on complex scientific problems using scientific theories and principles on association and risk and develop hypotheses on causes and also test these hypotheses. The work complexity at this level has special significance for the establishment of State and national public health policy and legislation. Incumbents provide advice and guidance to top management on the most critical scientific public health matters as a leading expert in the field based on professional standing; direct the analysis of all relevant, available, scientific, technical, medical, and other information from sources within and outside the organization, and direct the integration of this information into the decision-making process; direct the development of proposed scientific research studies if relevant information is not available; provide scientific technical expertise and can serve as a spokesperson for the department in a science area appropriate to their educational qualifications; consult with department management and others in areas appropriate to their qualifications and participate in the development of public health policy; provide scientific support and direction for the legal, legislative, and regulatory actions that occur in public health policy development; direct the publication of scientific research, or investigations conducted on a statewide basis; make presentations to State and national public health experts and the community; direct the interpretation of research findings for use in public health policy development by upper management; and perform other related work.

FOOD AND DRUG SCIENCES: Incumbents in this parenthetical are distinguished from other Research Scientists by being required to analyze and conduct research studies on food, cosmetic, and consumer product safety, and drug and medical device consumer product safety and effectiveness. Subspecialties in this parenthetical focus on food product safety, drug product safety, cosmetic product safety, or medical device product safety. Work in a subspecialty requires advanced knowledge in a specific area of food microbiology, nutrition, food technology, food biochemistry, food or drug chemistry, drug pharmacology, biomedical device engineering sciences, or risk assessment. Research studies and investigation conclusions are used to ensure the production of safe foods, drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices. In food borne illness outbreaks, investigations are conducted and, using scientific risk assessment procedures, the potential sources of contamination are identified and controlled through scientific research on the source of contamination and the implementation of new food manufacturing procedures. Incumbents, working in drug, cosmetic, or medical device safety have knowledge of the technologies used to uniformly assure the safety and effectiveness of these consumer products; locate, review, and evaluate current relevant scientific information and expert opinion to determine whether investigational new drug or device studies are adequately designed and controlled to generate scientifically valid and useful data; consult with other scientists, evaluate scientific data, and recommend necessary control measures to minimize adverse health outcomes; and verify that all scientific data submitted in support of industry claims is accurate and that foods and cosmetics are safe and drugs and medical devices are safe and effective.

EXAMINATION INFORMATION

EXAMINATION INFORMATION: The entire examination will consist of an evaluation of  Supplemental Examination weighted 100%. The training and experience questionnaire is designed to elicit specific information regarding each candidate’s education and experience relative to the testing classification. Responses to the questionnaire will be assessed based on pre-determined rating criteria. In appraising the relative qualifications of candidates, consideration will be given to the extent and type of pertinent experience and education over and above that required under “Minimum Qualifications.”

The Department of Public Health reserves the right to revise the examination plan to better meet the needs of the service if the circumstances under which this examination was planned change. Such revision will be in accordance with civil service law and rules and all competitors will be notified.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES

KNOWLEDGE

 

ALL LEVELS:

 

Knowledge of: Although all applicants must possess knowledge of the following, it is expected that the level of sophistication, depth, and thoroughness of public health scientific research knowledge will vary to the class level and scientific specialty: current scientific research literature and trends applicable to the scientific research area; principles and procedures of scientific research planning, design, methodology and analysis; methods of preparation of scientific research reports; scientific statistical methods and procedures; data processing techniques; bibliographic survey or previous related scientific research techniques; determination and qualification of variables and mechanization of compilation of scientific data.

  

Knowledge of: In addition to the above, principles and practices of effective supervision; a manager's/supervisor's responsibility for promoting equal opportunity in hiring and employee development and promotion, and for maintaining a work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.

 

ABILITIES

ALL LEVELS:

Ability to: Although all applicants must demonstrate possession of the following abilities, it is expected that level of attainment will vary relative to the class level: evaluate the adequacy of proposed scientific research designs and techniques; think independently and creatively; establish and maintain cooperative relations with professional staff and with officials of Federal, State, local, university and private research organizations; communicate effectively, prepare scientific articles for publication; prepare scientific reports; provide persuasive and skilled leadership to other staff in scientific research, principles and methods; apply professional scientific knowledge and administrative ability to resolve a variety of situations; analyze situations accurately and take effective action.    

Ability to: All of the above, and participate as a team member of public health research or scientific investigation projects; make independent decisions in a very limited area of a scientific field; provide information to higher-level scientists in support of decisions on scientific research; interpret scientific findings and present to higher-level scientists; apply established guidelines and scientific techniques.    

Ability to: All of the above, and serve as team leaders on small scientific projects; make independent, difficult decisions in a specific scientific field.          

Ability to:   All of the above, and plan, organize, and direct scientific research studies of a highly developed scientific scope and complexity; serve as a team leader for complex public health research or scientific investigation projects; serve as a consultant to other public health research scientists; make health-based scientific decisions within the project scope.    

Ability to:   All of the above, and apply expert scientific knowledge in their stated area of specialty; work independently and develop scientific guidelines and technical procedures; make recommendations to management on scientific health policy issues.    

Ability to: All of the above, and serve as team leaders for complex scientific research or investigation projects; apply expert knowledge in their stated area of specialty; coordinate research and scientific studies involving other agencies that result in a comprehensive finished scientific product; act as a subject matter and scientific technical expert; serve as a spokesperson in a scientific area appropriate to the specialty; provide scientific support for the legal, legislative, and regulatory actions that occur in public health policy development.    

Ability to:   Perform the abilities identified in the Research Scientist I through III levels, and serve as a direct supervisor and team leader for complex scientific projects; supervise and direct a work unit of professional classes; make health-based scientific decisions within the project scope that may affect department policies.        

Ability to:   Perform the abilities identified in the Research Scientist IV and Research Scientist Supervisor I levels, and direct and have charge of public health programs or components, which are of major sensitivity and complexity; make operation planning decisions including budget for staff and related resources; use scientific expertise to plan and direct major public health research studies; apply expert knowledge in their stated area of specialty; serve as a spokesperson in a scientific area appropriate to the specialty; participate in the development of public health policy.     

Ability to:   Perform the abilities identified in the Research Scientist V and the Research Scientist Supervisor II levels, and serve in the top management structure as managers over subordinate Research Scientists at all levels, Research Scientist Supervisors, and other multidisciplinary staff positions; exercise independent scientific judgment in overseeing the conduct of the most complex work of disputed or controversial professional scientific issues; make budgetary and fiscal decisions impacting departmental scientific programs; make scientific health-based decisions that impact general public health policy; formulate and administer agency policy and program functions.

VETERANS PREFERENCE

Veterans' Preference credits will not be granted in the examination as it does not meet the requirements to qualify for Veterans' Preference credit.

ADDITIONAL DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

ALL LEVELS:    

In appraising the relative qualifications of candidates, consideration will be given to the extent and type of pertinent training, experience, and research accomplishments for the designated specialty over and above that required under "Minimum Qualifications."  

DISCLAIMER

Please click on the link below to review the official California State Personnel Board class specification:

http://spb.ca.gov/jobs/resources/jobspecs.htm

GENERAL INFORMATION

For an examination with a written feature, it is the candidate's responsibility to contact CDPH   three days prior to the written test date if he/she has not received his/her notice of appointment.

For an examination without a written feature, it is the candidate's responsibility to contact three weeks after the finial filing date if he/she has not received his/her notice.

If a candidate's notice of oral interview or performance test fails to reach him/her 3 days prior to their scheduled appointment due to a verified postal error, he/she will be rescheduled upon written request.

Examination Locations: When a written test is part of the examination, it will be given in such places in California as the number of candidates and conditions warrant. However, locations of interviews or performance evaluations may be limited or extended as conditions warrant.

Applications are available at www.jobs.ca.gov , State Personnel Board offices, local offices of the Employment Development Department and the testing department on this job bulletin.

If you meet the requirements stated on this bulletin, you may take this examination, which is competitive. Possession of the entrance requirement does not assure a place on the eligible list.  Your performance in the examination will be compared with the performance of the others who take this test, and all candidates who pass will be ranked according to their scores.

The testing department reserves the right to revise the examination plan to better meet the needs of the service, if the circumstances under which this examination was planned change. Such revision will be in accordance with civil service laws and rules and all competitors will be notified.

Candidates needing special testing arrangements due to a disability must mark the appropriate box on the application and/or contact the testing department.

General Qualifications: Candidates must possess essential personal qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, and ability to work cooperatively with others; and a state of health consistent with the ability to perform the assigned duties of the class. A medical examination may be required. In open examinations, investigation may be made of employment records and personal history and fingerprinting may be required.

Eligible Lists: Eligible lists established by competitive examination, regardless of date, must be used in the following order: 1) sub-divisional promotional, 2) departmental promotional, 3) multi-departmental promotional, 4) service-wide promotional, 5) departmental open, 6) open. When there are two lists of the same kind, the older must be used first. Eligible lists will expire in one to four years unless otherwise stated on the bulletin.

If Promotional Examinations Only: Competition is limited to employees who have a permanent civil service appointment and military veterans that meet all the minimum qualifications.  Under certain circumstances, other employees may be allowed to compete under provisions of Rules 234, 235, and 235.2. State Personnel Board Rules 233, 234, 235, 235.2, and 237 contain provisions regarding civil service status and eligibility for promotional examinations. These rules may be reviewed at departmental personnel offices, at the State Personnel Board office or www.jobs.ca.gov .

If High School Equivalence is Required: Equivalence to completion of the 12th grade may be demonstrated in any one of the following ways:1) passing the General Educational Development (GED) Test; 2) completion of 12 semester units of college work; 3) certification from the State Department of Education, a local school board, or high school authorities that the candidate is considered to have education equivalent to graduation from high school;  4) for clerical and accounting classes, substitution of business college work in place of high school on a year-for-year basis.   NOTE: For peace officer classifications please refer to the testing department for special requirements.

Veterans’ Preference Points: California Law (Government Code 18971-18978) allows the granting of Veterans’ Preference Points in Open entrance and Open, Non-Promotional entrance examinations. Veterans’ Preference Points will be added to the final score of all competitors who are successful in these types of examinations, and who qualify for and have requested these points by mail. I n Open (only) entrance examinations, Veterans’ Preference Points are granted as follows: 10 points for veterans, widows, and widowers of veterans, and spouses of 100% disabled veterans; and 15 points for disabled veterans.  I n Open, Non-Promotional entrance examinations, Veterans’ Preference Points  are granted as follows: 5 points for veterans and 10 points for disabled veterans. Employees who have achieved permanent State civil service status are not eligible to receive Veterans’ Preference Points. Permanent State civil service status means the status of an employee who is lawfully retained in his/her position after completion of the applicable probationary period. This includes permanent intermittent, part-time, and full-time appointments. In addition, individuals who at any time achieved permanent State civil service status and subsequently resigned or were dismissed from State civil service are not eligible to receive Veterans’ Preference Points. Veteran status is verified by the State Personnel Board (SPB). Directions to apply for Veterans’ Preference Points are on the Veterans’ Preference Application (STD. Form 1093) which is available at www.spb.ca.gov or from the State Personnel Board, 801Capitol Mall, Sacramento , CA   95814 and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Career Credits: In open, non promotional examinations, career credits are granted to: 1)State employees with permanent civil service status, 2) full-time employees of the state who are exempt from State civil service pursuant to the provisions of Section 4 of Article VII of the California Constitution, and who meet all qualification requirement specified by the Board and have 12 consecutive months of service in an exempt position, and 3) individuals who have served one full year in, or are graduates of, the California Conservation Corps (eligibility shall expire 24 moths after graduation from the California Conservation Corps). Three points are added to the final test score of those candidates who meet the above criteria, and who are successful in the examination. Such examinations cannot be for managerial positions described in Government Code Section 3513. Competitors not currently employed in state civil service who have mandatory reinstatement rights may also be eligible for career credits, buy they must explain their service status in the appropriate section of the application Form 100-678. (Section 4 of Article VII of the California Constitution is posted at the State Personnel Board, 801 Capitol Mall and Sacramento ).

Felony Disqualification: You are disqualified from being employed as a peace officer if: (1) You have been convicted of a felony in California or any other state; (2) you have been convicted of any offense in any other state which would have been a felony if committed in California; (3) you have been charged with a felony and adjudged by a superior court to be mentally incompetent; (4) you have been adjudged addicted or in danger of becoming addicted to narcotics, convicted, and committed to a State institution. If you have been convicted of a felony, you may be allowed to participate in this examination if your conviction(s): (1) has/have been sealed under Penal Code Section 851.7, 851.8, 1203.45, or Health and Safety Code Section 11361.5; (2) has/have been expunged or is/are expugnable pursuant to Health and Safety Code Section 11361.5 regarding marijuana offenses; (3) was/were stipulated or designated to be a lesser included offense of marijuana possession under Health and Safety Code Section 11557 or 11366.

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