Molecular Biology? I Can Earn More as a Gas Fitter

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Byline: REBECCA SMITH

A UNIVERSITY researcher revealed yesterday he is quitting his job to become a gas fitter because he can't live on his poor wages.

PhD graduate Dr Karl Gensberg, 44, who studied molecular biology at university for six years, gets pounds 23,000 after a decade working at Birmingham University, with little job security.

He said: "I love my job and the work we do is vital. But I can't go on like this any more."

Colleague Dr Andrew Large also plans to quit to become a postman.

The molecular biologist said: "We feel like we are a disposable item, that we are not valued any more by the university.

"It has taken me 12 years to reach this position. But there is absolutely no job security or any guarantee of any academic career in this country."

Karl, from Streetly, West Midlands, said: "A couple of years ago I had a gas fitter at my house. He presumed I was earning a fortune.

"He said he was earning pounds 50,000 and worked when he wanted to. So I started training as a gas fitter last year. …