NASA is hiring a new Planetary Protection Officer (PPO). As per the advertisement for the post issued by NASA, the PPO has to lead “NASA’s planetary protection capability, maintenance of planetary protection policies, and oversight of their implementation by NASAs space flight missions.” The PPO also has to support the Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) Technical Authority and s/he serves as a “principal advisory resource for the Chief, SMA and other senior officials on matters pertaining to planetary protection.”
For NASA, the PPO is the its “focal point for interactions with external organizations on matters related to planetary protection.”
Duties: According to NASA, PPO has to perform following duties:
- PPO leads planning and coordination of activities related to NASA mission planetary protection needs.
- PPO leads independent evaluation of, and provides advice regarding, compliance by robotic and human spaceflight missions with NASA planetary protection policies, statutory requirements, and international obligations.
- PPO advises the Chief, SMA and other officials regarding the merit and implications of programmatic decisions involving risks to planetary protection objectives.
- PPO, in coordination with relevant offices, leads interactions with COSPAR, National Academies, and advisory committees on planetary protection matters.
- PPO recommends and leads the preparation of new or revised NASA standards and directives in accordance with established processes and guidelines.
- Salary: The PPO will be paid $124,406 to $187,000/per year
Broad engineering expertise, at least 1-year of which is in positions at or comparable to the GS-15 level.
Candidate must be a recognized subject matter expert, possessing, a) advanced knowledge of Planetary Protection, its requirements and mission categories, including demonstrated technical expertise. b)demonstrated experience planning, executing, or overseeing elements of space programs of national significance. (c) demonstrated skills in diplomacy during extremely difficult and complex multilateral discussions.
Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
Combination of education and experience – education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, preferably an advanced degree in engineering, physical science, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, or electronics. (Inputs from www.usajobs.gov)