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Is this the world's best job? Applications open for role as professional panda hugger

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It's time to hand in your notice and book a one-way ticket to China: the Giant Panda Protection and Research Centre are looking for professional panda caretakers.

The official description for what must surely be the world's dream job is pretty simple, stating: "Your work has only one mission: spending 365 days with the pandas and sharing in their joys and sorrows."

This involves cuddling, eating and generally hanging out with adorable pandas while being paid a yearly salary of $32,000 (approximately £22,388).

Your new colleague?

Your new colleague?

To be in with a chance of landing the job, you must be at least 22 years old, have basic knowledge of the lovable creatures and be able to write and take pictures. You would be joining other volunteers at the centre, who are mainly from Europe, Japan and the United States.

You might also have to sacrifice those mid-morning snacks, as the job advert states, "We expect that the applicants will be mainly white-collar workers from big cities. They are used to eating whatever they want, but inside the giant panda base, the choices will not be plentiful."

Worth it.

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Sarah Biddlecombe is an award-winning journalist and Digital Features Editor at Stylist

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