If you have ever given even some thought to alien invasion and how we as Earth inhabitants can help in protecting our home planet, then United States's National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) might just have the perfect job for you.

NASA is currently on a lookout for a new Planetary Protection Officer. The person will be responsible for ensuring that aliens don't bring their questionable microbes down to Earth with them and don't infect our future generations.

This position is assigned to Office of Safety and Mission Assurance for Planetary Protection. Planetary protection is essentially focused on avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration.

NASA, which is on a mission to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research, has policies in place for planetary protection applicable to all space flight missions that might intentionally or unintentionally carry Earth organisms and organic constituents to the planets or other solar system bodies. This includes any mission that includes a spacecraft, which is intended to return to Earth and its biosphere with samples from extraterrestrial targets of exploration. NASA's policy is based on United State's federal requirements and international treaties and agreements.

The new hire will draw six-figure salary of as much as $187,000 (£141,000) a year plus benefits.

The three-year position was created after the US signed the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 where it pledged to pursue studies of outer space and conduct exploration of them so as to avoid their harmful contamination and also adverse changes in the environment of the Earth resulting from the introduction of extraterrestrial matter.

The candidates applying for the job must hold at least one year's experience as a top-level civilian government employee and have an advanced degree in physical science, engineering or mathematics. The job also requires them to have an “advanced knowledge” of planetary protection.

The new recruit is most likely to be a part of NASA's expedition to Europa, a moon of Jupiter. Approved by the US Congress, the $2.7 billion Europa Clipper mission involves mapping the moon's surface and analysing whether it is capable of habitation.

This vacancy is being filled through NASA STARS, an automated Staffing and Recruiting System. To Apply for the job, Click Here.

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