National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is looking to hire a “Planetary Protection Officer” who can defend Earth from alien contamination. Moreover, NASA will pay a 6-figure salary (around $187,000 (£141,000)) for this role.
Planetary Protection Officer (Job Overview)
The job post read as: “Planetary protection is concerned with the avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration.“
“NASA maintains policies for planetary protection applicable to all space flight missions that may intentionally or unintentionally carry Earth organisms and organic constituents to the planets or other solar system bodies, and any mission employing spacecraft, which are intended to return to Earth and its biosphere with samples from extraterrestrial targets of exploration. This policy is based on federal requirements and international treaties and agreements.”
The Planetary Protection Officer (PPO) is responsible for the leadership of NASA’s planetary protection capability, maintenance of planetary protection policies, and oversight of their implementation by NASA’s space flight missions.
A degree in engineering, physical science or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in properties of materials, mechanics, electronics and dynamics.
Only United States citizens and nationals can apply for this job but if there are no qualified citizens available for the position in the US than the agency can hire noncitizens.
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