Think “Ghostbusters” but in space, and real!
NASA is looking for a Planetary Protection Officer, a full-time job with the main concern of “avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration.”
The job description continues:
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.
There are only two such positions in the entire world: this one and a similar one at the European Space Agency. Catherine Conley, the woman who, until now, occupied this position explains: “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.”
The role pays somewhere between $124,406 to $187,000 a year, the job posting explains.
If interested in this Planetary Protection Officer position, you can find the full job posting here.