Dr Karl (PhD in Molecular Biology) Doubles His Money with a Job as a Gas Fitter

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Byline: BETH HALE

HE has a BSc and a PhD to his name and has conducted significant studies into arthritis and cancer.

But after ten years as a university researcher, molecular biologist Dr Karl Gensberg is abandoning his academic career . . . to become a gas fitter.

The reason for the switch is simple: Money.

Dr Gensberg, a 41-year- old father of one, believes he can more than double his [pounds sterling]23,000 annual earnings by exchanging his lab coat and test tubes for a boiler suit and a tool kit.

The Birmingham University scientist reached his life-changing decision after asking a plumber to fit a boiler at his home. The plumber thought Dr Gensberg's PhD was a guarantee of a good income.

'I showed him my payslip and he was stunned,' said Dr Gensberg.

'He said he earned [pounds sterling]33,000 and some of his mates could bring home double the amount I was paid.

'That made me realise just how bad my job is - not only was I being undervalued but underpaid as well.' He started training as a gas fitter last year and starts his new career in July.

Meanwhile, he is still working at the university, researching the effects of electromagnetic fields on the body. 'I am passionate about the research I do but I have decided enough is enough,' he said. 'I have got a family to support and although I love the job that I do I can't continue with it.' Dr Gensberg lives in Walsall with his wife Fatima, 40, an IT worker, and son David, six. He has a degree in applied human biology and a PhD in molecular biology.

Since getting his doctorate at Birmingham in 1994 he has worked on a series of short-term contracts there, with research he believes could herald a breakthrough for arthritis sufferers and even cancer patients. …