Do you want to fight against Aliens?

Published by Abhisek Mallick on

Is your dream job protecting the planet against alien invention? Well, this might be your only chance!

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NASA has issued a recruitment notice  for the job of a “Planetary Protection Officer” (PPO) whose responsibility will be to protect the planet against any alien threat.

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.

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Say What!??

Basically this job entails avoidance of any kind of alien contamination on and off the earth. If you have a chance to go on a mission to A DISTANT PLANET and A FREAKIN’ ALIEN ATTACKS YOUR SHIP, you are in charge to do something about it.

If a spacecraft returns from a distant planet WITH A FREAKIN’ ALIEN IN IT, you are in charge to do something about it.

In short, you can be the real-life Ripley from “Alien (1979)“.

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And guess what, there is a good chance of travelling (*wink *wink) too. Because NASA has said this job entails “frequent travel”! Think about your “on-site” stories!!! (to be honest, this travel is meant to be across the country.)

Not Just All Fancy

If you are still at all concerned about trivial things like salaries and stuff, this job pays well too. Approximately $124,406 to $187,000 / per year.

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But since its NASA, it will not be easy to bag the job and be a bad-ass. Here are some of the qualifications listed in along with the notice-

1. Advanced knowledge of Planetary Protection, its requirements and mission categories. This includes demonstrated technical expertise to independently form technically sound judgments and evaluations in considerably complex situations.

2. Demonstrated experience planning, executing, or overseeing elements of space programs of national significance. These elements include but are not limited to developing requirements, performing technical assessments, and preparing recommendations to leadership.

3. Demonstrated skills in diplomacy that resulted in win-win solutions during extremely difficult and complex multilateral discussions. This includes building coalitions amongst organizations to achieve common goals.

You also need to have a degree in engineering or mathematics or physical science or a combination of education and experience.

Lets get to it

Interested (and eligible, duh!) people need to hurry because your opportunity closes on 14 of August. So, what are you waiting for? Apply and be the bad-ass you were born to be!

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Awaiting lot of inter-planet phone calls,





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