JPL Job Search Raises Eyebrows

Published : Monday, September 23, 2019 | 5:40 PM

A National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) job posting for someone with cryptocurrency and blockchain skills is raising questions in the science community

The federal space agency is looking through Linked In for a “Data Scientist 1” applicant with those skills for employment at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.

“Is NASA expecting to create their own space coin? If so, who are they intending to trade with? Are we really alone in the universe?” are some of the questions Bitcoin tech news site was asking after the vacancy was posted.

Cointelegraph, another independent news site focused on bitcoin, blockchain and financial technology news, said this isn’t the first time NASA has made headlines in the cryptocurrency field.

In January, NASA started exploring potential use-cases for blockchain technology in keeping aircraft flight data safe and secure.

Early in 2018, the space agency launched a new grant program to support the development of an autonomous spacecraft which could make decisions using blockchain technology and without the need for human intervention.

NASA said the desired candidate will join a team of data scientists and other experts within JPL’s Innovation Experience Center (IEC).

Responsibilities of the position include developing applications for cross-cutting areas including robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, and next-generation flight hardware.

“Your mission – your opportunity – is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL,” NASA’s announcement said.

Additional qualifications include knowledge related fields such as big data, machine learning, Internet of Things, analytics, statistics, and cloud computing.

The Data Scientist will help in designing and implementing a program for analyzing complex, large-scale data sets used for research, modeling, data mining and predictive analysis at the space agency, NASA said.

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