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Job Description and Duties

The incumbent will conduct the Systematic Review of Toxicology Data and Development of Toxicology Profiles for Risk Assessments; Conduct data evaluations and dose-response analyses within the Section to identify study-related points of departure (PODs); Conduct systematic reviews to identify all available and relevant scientific data to quantitatively estimate and support PODs based on adverse health effects that may result from exposure to pesticidal active ingredients; Assist in integrating these data and related analyses (e.g., group statistics, Benchmark Dose, etc.) into HHA Risk Characterization Documents; Work with the Data Review Section and the Risk Assessment Section to assist in the development of comprehensive human health risk assessments.

As such, the incumbent would be responsible for the following tasks:
• Work with members of the section towards the iterative development of procedures, tools, and guidance documents useful for conducting systematic reviews specific to the evolving needs of HHA.
• Using the above, conduct systematic reviews for toxicity data to be used in the preparation of HHA Risk Characterization Documents. Systematic reviews will include the evaluation of toxicity pathway-specific data from Toxicity Forecaster (ToxCast) high-throughput screening assays to identify potential modes of action (MOA) and adverse outcome pathways (AOP).
• Evaluate submitted studies and relevant scientific literature identified in systematic reviews to identify data for endpoints of toxicity that are suitable to establish study-derived PODs and use Benchmark Dose Modeling (BMD) and appropriate statistical methods to establish POD levels. Evaluate PODs and their corresponding supporting data and selects critical PODs to be used to for risk assessment. Develops robust supporting rationale for each selection.

As directed, the incumbent will participate in all phases of risk assessment as a team member. This includes the preparation and peer-review of documentation pertaining to the hazard identification presentation, memoranda on critical endpoints, draft and final Risk Characterization Documents, as well as responses to comments from registrants, stakeholders, and external scientific reviewers. Incorporate inputs from both internal and external review, as appropriate. Justifies conclusions and recommendations resulting from evaluations. Provide clear, robust analyses of a quality suitable for release to the scientific community and the public. Provide key inputs for risk management decisions by the Departmental director. 

The incumbent will perform other duties as specified in the Duty Statement.
You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

Work is largely conducted in a high-rise office building in an office/cubicle environment or by teleworking. Occasional travel by car or plane to outside meetings or conferences may occur.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Associate Toxicologist
ASSOCIATE TOXICOLOGIST$6,050.00 - $8,259.00

# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

Appointment to this position is pending administrative approval. 

The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), part of the California Environmental Protection Agency, is a predominantly self-funded department dedicated to protecting human health and the environment by regulating pesticide sales and use, and by fostering reduced-risk pest management.

The Human Health Assessment Branch is responsible for reviewing toxicology studies submitted for registration of pesticide active ingredients and products, and for conducting human health risk assessments.

Human Health Assessment Branch Website:

At DPR, we know the importance of building an organization that is as diverse as the communities we serve. We believe in maintaining a workplace where employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and lived experiences can thrive. Working together, our multicultural team is positioned to better improve the lives of all Californians.
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Special Requirements

  • This position is designated Conflict of Interest and requires disclosure of economic interests.
  • If education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must include a copy of your degree and/or unofficial transcripts in order to verify you meet the minimum qualifications. If you use unofficial transcripts to verify you meet the minimum qualifications, you must provide official transcripts prior to your start date, if selected for the position.
  • In order to apply for this position, you are required to provide your complete employment history on the Examination/Employment Application (STD. 678) form. A resume or other materials will not take the place of the STD. 678.
  • Please do not include any confidential information on any documents you submit for this job vacancy. Confidential information includes, but is not limited to: basis of eligibility, examination results, LEAP status, Social Security Number (SSN), birthdate, marital status, age, national origin, medical conditions, and use of medical leave.

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: 1/29/2021Who 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.

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 Pesticide Regulation
Attn: M. Pavlos
Human Resources Branch
1001 I Street, P.O. Box 4015
Sacramento, CA 95812-4015
Address for Drop-Off Application Packages
You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:
Department of Pesticide Regulation
M. Pavlos
Human Resources Branch
1001 I Street, P.O. Box 4015
Sacramento, CA 95812-4015

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.
  • Degree and/or School Transcripts
  • Other - Please include a resume or curriculum vitae that lists presentations, abstracts, and peer reviewed articles.
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:
The ideal candidate will:
  • be able to creatively adapt methods, techniques, and procedures to conduct assignments, analyze technical data, develop solutions and present technical information in a clear, concise, and logically organized manner in both written and oral formats.
  • have a strong background in reviewing chemicals for their potential adverse health effects and the risk assessment process.
  • be flexible, adaptable, and self-motivated, and possess the ability to interact effectively with people at all levels of management, government agencies, industry representatives, environmental groups, and the general public.
  • be able to work independently and coordinate as part of a team is essential as well as having substantial computer skills, including experience with modeling, statistics, and using and creating databases.


For information regarding the benefits offered to eligible employees, please visit the CalHR website at
General State Employment Benefits and Protections
Click here to view more information about the outstanding benefits offered to State employees.

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.
Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Matthew Pavlos
(916) 322-4553
Hiring Unit Contact:
Emily Thunen
(916) 445-4233
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) 445-3979
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.

Critical Job Competencies

Takes Action and Shows Initiative – Works well independently and is self-motivated to take action to meet critical program goals. Sets and monitors own objectives and standards. Initiates appropriate actions and follows through without prompting or close supervision. Demonstrates strong work ethic.

Relationship and Partnership Building – Builds and effectively uses relationship networks to achieve goals. Shares knowledge and builds trust with scientific colleagues and superiors. Can be discreet and tactful when dealing with sensitive issues.

Effective Communication – Clearly conveys and receives information and ideas through a variety of media. Translates complex or technical information to lay audiences/customers. Facilitates the exchange of ideas and opinions.

Organization and Planning – Prioritizes tasks, establishes sequential activities, requests assistance when needed.

Technical Credibility – Understands and appropriately applies procedures, requirements, policies, and regulations related to specialized expertise. Integrates technology into the work to improve program effectiveness. Possesses up-to-date knowledge in the profession and industry and access other expert resources when appropriate. Translates concepts and ideas into strategies and action steps.


In addition to the above, the incumbent possesses the willingness and ability to get along with others; accept direction from supervisor/lead person; abide by work rules; accept constructive criticism; work effectively within a team environment.

Additional Information

  • This is a deep class position with increasing responsibilities; candidate's experience/education will determine which range they will be placed in.
  • Relocation expenses may be reimbursed depending on the type of appointment.
  • Please note that the salaries listed in this advertisement do not reflect recent changes necessitated by the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The California Department of Human Resources has implemented the Personal Leave Program 2020 (PLP 2020), which shall be in effect from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022. For more information, please refer to the Human Resources Manual at, under the section for California Association of Professional Scientists (CAPS) – Bargaining Unit 10.

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.