One of the world’s rarest and most sought after jobs is now vacant.
Norway has not yet had a Norwegian in space. That may change now. One of the most recent Finn ads published is the European Space Agency (ESA) employer, and the job title is as simple as it is rare: “Astronaut”.
The ad has attracted attention on Twitter, among other places.
– Today, the job as an astronaut is out on Finn. No joke, writes Snorre Valen, political editor of Nidaros.
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The Norwegian Space Center represents ESA in Norway, and head of department Arvid Bertheau Johannessen is the contact person for the position in this country:
– Our goal is to recruit as many Norwegian, qualified candidates as possible. If we end up with our first Norwegian astronaut, it would have been very fun, he says to Nettavisen.
Johannessen says that ESA has not had an astronaut exhibition like this out since around 2008:
– In that admission, there were around 8,000 qualified applicants. After they had gone through the pile, six astronauts were presented for further education. So it goes without saying that there are many requirements that are set.
The position requires a master’s degree in medicine, technology, engineering or science and three years’ work experience in one of these fields. At the same time, you should not have too much experience either, says Johannessen:
– The lower age gives a little of itself, and then you want those who are admitted to have a future within their position as well. It is not necessarily the case that you get a plane as soon as you have finished your education, says the head of department to Nettavisen.
– The one sentence here was a little scary, I think. One must “be willing to participate as a test person in medical research”?
– Hehe, that may sound a little scary, laughs Johannessen.
– This is about the astronauts who are out on missions being exposed to a number of conditions that are very different from those you have on Earth. This is also something that is researched on how being weightless affects the body, he says, and says that the astronauts on the space station must train several hours a day to keep the body in shape, otherwise they can, for example, get back pain.
Salary and travel
Research is important for when planning longer expeditions in space:
– These are not necessarily scary experiments, but experiments that are part of how the astronauts feel during a mission. The idea is to look ahead, and know what to take into account on longer journeys.
– Can you say something about salary?
– This is basically not a job you should apply for because of the salary, but it is about high-profile, permanent employees in ESA’s staff, so the salary will probably not disappoint, but you must probably expect some travel, laughs Johannessen.
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In 2017, Stephanie Schierholz, a spokeswoman for NASA, stated Market Watch that an astronaut earns between 68,000 and 150,000 dollars a year – that is, between 575,000 and 1,270,000 Norwegian kroner.
With both institutional space organizations such as ESA and NASA, in addition to private actors such as Elon Musk and Virgin Galactic, it is still uncertain when you get the first Norwegian in space, but both Sweden and Denmark have had their representatives out.
– So it would have been fun with a Norwegian soon, absolutely, says Johannessen.
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