If you’re looking for a job that’s out of this world, there’s a position that just opened at NASA to fight aliens. The gig, which comes with a six-figure salary, would involve protecting the planet and its inhabitants from alien contamination and vice versa.
In doing so, the planetary protection officer is responsible for how “planetary protection policies” will be implemented during NASA space flight missions.
“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,” the job description states.
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If the job sound unique, that’s because it’s only one of two full-time roles in the world, according to Business Insider.
The position has become available because Catherine Conley, who is currently serving as NASA’s planetary protection officer, will be vacating the post.
“This new job ad is a result of relocating the position I currently hold to the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, which is an independent technical authority within NASA,” Conley told Business Insider.
According to the posting, the position offers a yearly salary between $124,406 to $187,000.
The job would require a commitment of three years, but could be extended for an addition two years. source