Interested in NASA’s Planetary Protection Officer position? There’s still time to apply, but NASA has already received applications from strong candidates, like 9-year-old Jack Davis.
The New Jersey fourth grader sent a pretty convincing cover letter to the space agency last week expressing his interest in the position, which comes with a salary of $124,406 to $187,000 per year.
“I may be nine but I think I would be a fit for the job,” he writes. “One of the reasons is my sister says I am an alien.”
Davis also points out that he’s seen Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and “almost all the space and alien movies I can,” adding that he still hasn’t watched Men in Black, but hopes to do that soon.
Another one of his qualifications: “I am great at video games.”
Davis saves his most convincing argument for last: “I am young, so I can learn to think like an alien,” he writes.
In response, NASA’s Planetary Science Director, Jim Green, encouraged Davis to “study hard and do well in school.”
“We are always looking for bright future scientists and engineers to help us,” Green added. “We hope to see you here at NASA one of these days!”
The position, which has been around since the 1960s, has “generated a lot of excitement in the public” since the posting went up last month, NASA said. The role “is about protecting Earth from tiny microbes when we bring back samples from the Moon, asteroids, and Mars,” according to Green’s letter. On top of that, the Planetary Protection Officer will also be tasked with “protecting other planets and moons from our germs as we responsibly explore the Solar System.”
If you, too, are interested in the role, you have until Aug. 14 to apply.
“Although the Planetary Protection Officer position may not be in real-life what the title conjures up, it does play an important role in promoting the responsible exploration of our solar system by preventing microbial contamination of other planets and our own,” NASA wrote.