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Remote Work is available with only 1-2 days per month of physical presence in the office required. When physical presence is required, employees are responsible for travel expenses to their office site. Additional Hybrid Telework and Alternative Work Week Schedules are also available.

University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) employees may qualify to transfer their current and previous employment credit to State of California employment through CalPERS. Human Resources can help with this process upon employment or you can reach out to CalPERS for inquiries at (888) 225-7377.

Under general direction, and with work reviewed periodically to assure that it meets the assignment’s objectives, the Healthcare Cost Data Scientist is responsible for harmonizing, assessing data quality, and making recommendations about the effective use of healthcare cost data in various Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) databases.


The incumbent is a member of the Healthcare Analytics Branch and serves as team lead on healthcare cost data for the Cost & Quality Analysis Group (CQAG). The Office of Health Care Affordability (OHCA) is charged with collecting data on total health care expenditures, analyzing the health care market for cost trends and drivers of spending, creating a state strategy for controlling the cost of health care and improving affordability for consumers and purchasers, and enforcing cost targets. The Healthcare Cost Data Scientist will support OHCA’s development by assessing data quality and harmonizing data across multiple sources, including HCAI’s facility financial and utilization reports, claims and encounter data from the new Healthcare Payments Data (HPD) program, and others.


The Research Scientist (RS) III (Social/Behavioral) (S/B) plans, organizes, and directs major research studies of a highly developed scientific scope and complexityThe RS III independently designs, conducts, analyzes, and draws conclusions when conducting studies to measure and assess data quality and accuracy. Makes independent, difficult scientific decisions and adapts research methods and statistical techniques to solve problems of a highly complex scientific scope. Serves as a subject matter expert and scientific lead for specific projects.


In the HCAI work environment, staff handle confidential patient data. Specific statutes and regulations, and HCAI policies and procedures, govern the collection, storage, disclosure, and use of confidential data. The employee is responsible for the safe and secure handling of this data in compliance with these policies and procedures.

Do you have the following education or experience?

Either I


Experience: One year of experience in the California state service performing scientific research duties comparable to a Research Scientist II in the stated specialty or a closely related field. and


Education: Possession of a master’s degree in the stated specialty or a closely related field.



Experience: One year of progressively responsible scientific research experience in the stated specialty or a closely related field. This experience must have included either: (1) experience with major responsibility for the design and execution of a complex, highly specialized research project; or (2) experience in the coordination and direction of a complex and difficult scientific research effort. This experience must be at a level of responsibility equivalent to that of a Research Scientist II. and


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

If so, you may meet the minimum qualifications. Apply today!