NASA is hiring real-life Men In Black agents to be our first, last and only line of defence against the worst scum of the universe – and they are paying them a shedload too.
Working under the creative title of planetary protection officer, any successful candidate can look forward to taking home pay of anywhere between $124,000 (£94,000) and $187,000 (£141,000) annually.
There’s no managerial bullshit to deal with – the contract will last anywhere between three and five years and you’ll be working with some of the some of the smartest minds to help stave off any potential alien invasion.
It’s also about ensuring any humans heading out to space don’t end up contaminating any other planets and moons and vice versa.
Under NASA rules, any space mission must have less than a one in 10,000 chance of contaminating an alien world.
Planets like Mars, which has the potential to support human life, must be especially looked after.
“Planetary protection is concerned with the avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration.” The job post reads.
“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 role requires constant travel though and there’s not a whole lot of chasing aliens while wearing suits and sunglasses – the successful candidate will be sifting through a lot of emails, proposals and other boring documents.
Not everyone can apply either. Candidates must have at least one year’s experience as a top-level civilian government employee as a well as an advanced degree in maths, engineering or physical science.
Only US citizens and nationals can apply for the role, though they will be given “secret” security clearance, which sounds awesome.
No word yet on whether they will be given a Neuralyzer to erase any memories but then we’ll probably never know – they probably erase your memory when you leave.