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The Staff Toxicologist is responsible for leading public health assessments to determine potential health risks from exposures to site-related hazardous chemicals and providing public health recommendations to senior management. The Staff Toxicologist (ST) will use principles of environmental chemistry, human risk assessment, and toxicology to produce scientific documents that require assessing complicated datasets to characterize the potential population at risk, identify sources of contamination, determine chemical fate and transport in the environment, examine exposure routes, and estimate potential health risk from exposure(s) using approaches based on pharmacokinetic methods and dose-response research findings.

As the subject matter expert, the ST writes, reviews, and revises public health scientific documents, provides scientific guidance in public meetings and serves in a lead capacity for to the junior health assessors. The ST understands environmental justice concerns, testifies as an expert witness in hearings and court procedures, practices good listening skills, and demonstrates calm and composure in challenging community settings. Statewide travel up to 15% may be required.

A Certificate of Completion is required for the US OSHA 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) course, or this certificate needs to be obtained within the first four months. The incumbent must maintain annual HAZWOPER re-certification.

The final filing date for this position is March 23rd.

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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.

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The essential functions of the Department are critical to the health and wellbeing of people and communities. CDPH's fundamental responsibilities are comprehensive in scope and include infectious disease control and prevention, food safety, environmental health, laboratory services, patient safety, emergency preparedness, chronic disease prevention and health promotion, family health, health equity and vital records and statistics.

CDPH's key activities and services include protecting people in California from the threat of preventable infectious diseases like Zika virus, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and viral hepatitis, and providing reliable and accurate public health laboratory services and information about health threats.Other critical services include providing nutritional support to low-income women, infants and children, and screening newborns and pregnant women for genetic diseases. CDPH also works to ensure the safety of food and bottled water, helps reduce smoking and its impacts and works to prevent chronic diseases and conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, asthma and obesity. The Department also protects patient safety in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, maintains birth and death certificates and prepares for, and responds to public health emergencies.

CDPH works continuously to reduce health and mental health disparities among vulnerable and underserved communities to achieve health equity throughout California.