NASA just announced a new vacancy for the position of a planetary protection officer. The job advertisement was posted on US government official website and was open to US Nationals. Those who are really interested can apply until August 14th. Good job also comes with a 6-figure salary.
A 3-year contract.
Initially and NASA will be giving this job as a 3-year contract with me extend this for 2 more years. The job also comes with a security clearance listed as secret. In the near future, NASA will be planning multiple missions, which will search for signs of alien life. This also includes Jupiter’s icy moon – the Europa.
Protecting alien worlds. And humans.
The job of the planetary protection officer will not just be to Propose international regulations, but also to ensure that other alien worlds do not get contaminated by humans. It may seem a little ironic that the planetary protection officer will be responsible for protecting other world from human contamination, but to study alien worlds it is essential to keep those as untouched as possible.
The entire idea of the planetary protection officer came from the outer space Treaty of 1967.
The Job requirements
NASA says the job will require an extensive engineering background. The salary for the job is $124,406 to $187,000 per year. The responsibilities of the PPO, according to NASA’s job listing are as follows.
Leads planning and coordination of activities related to NASA mission planetary protection needs. Leads independent evaluation of, and provides advice regarding, compliance by robotic and human spaceflight missions with NASA planetary protection policies, statutory requirements and international obligations.
Advises the Chief, SMA and other officials regarding the merit and implications of programmatic decisions involving risks to planetary protection objectives.
In coordination with relevant offices, leads interactions with COSPAR, National Academies, and advisory committees on planetary protection matters.
Recommends and leads the preparation of new or revised NASA standards and directives in accordance with established processes and guidelines.