I think I speak for everybody when I say, we’ve all been a bit skint. Students and poverty go together like cheesy chips go together with being intoxicated. It’s no wonder that when that dream job opportunity comes along, we have to leap all over it to ensure our continued survival, at least for a while. This, right here, is one of those opportunities, but it’s not for the faint of heart.
Do you remember those medicine and psychology trials that would get posted up on faculty noticeboards? Dissertation students always seemed to be looking for willing volunteers to prod for an hour in exchange for twenty quid. Well, this is just like that but on a much larger scale.
France’s Institut de Médecine et de Physiologie Spatiales (Don’t worry, they call themselves Medes for short.) is looking for 24 male volunteers for a two month long experiment. And if you’re selected, they’ll pay you a handsome sum of €16,000. That’s about £13,600, over half of an average annual graduate salary, or in layman’s terms – a small flippin’ fortune.
What do they want you to do to earn that sweet wad of dough? Well, they want you to lie down. Lie down and do absolutely nothing. For two months.
Yup. After two weeks of tests, you’ll have to lie in bed for 60 days. You’ll be doing everything you’d normally do – eat, wash and, you know, all your other vital bodily functions. Candidates must lie down at all times. There’ll be two more weeks of testing at the end to gather the findings.
Now, as odd as it sounds, there’s a method to all this madness. Medes is France’s space medical institute and they’re looking to reproduce the effects of microgravity (the state of virtual weightlessness) on the human body.
If they can find a way to combat the adverse symptoms that come out of this – such as low blood pressure and weakened immune systems – it could make life much easier for astronauts making their re-entry to Earth. And for you, my friend, all the rich benefits that come with telling your friends that you’ve lived like an astronaut for 2 months.
To take part in this noble pursuit of knowledge, all Medes ask is that you’re physically fit and active man (it’s not clear why they only want men), aged between 20 and 45. You shouldn’t smoke or have any allergies and have a body mass index of between 22 and 27.
If that sounds like your bag – and you meet the oddly specific set of criteria – you can read all about it (in French) and apply for the position here.
DISCLAIMER: We wouldn’t be any kind of friends to you if we didn’t warn you about the obvious health risks that come with spending 60 days in bed. We’re not gonna stop you, but just be wary. Do you, boo-boo.