With the academic job market in full swing, people are applying to multiple positions, in hopes of landing a faculty
job somewhere, anywhere.
For those who don’t make the shortlist — or who may have decided that a professorship isn’t for them after all — a big market for people with Ph.D.s has emerged at Amazon, the retail behemoth.
The retail behemoth has hired nearly 500 Ph.D.s, former professors among them, since the beginning of this year to work in its applied-science and research-science units, according to company figures. The pace and scale of that
hiring are far greater than those of any college or university in the country.