Email Client Application Developer
We’re looking for an Email Client Application developer to join the Fastmail
team in our Center City Philadelphia office.
About the Job
Together with the rest of our team, you’ll work on our email services Fastmail,
Pobox, and Topicbox. When the vast majority of people get email for free, the
reason people choose a paid service is because they value both privacy and a
great user experience.
You’ll be working on our best-in-breed mail clients, providing super-fast,
powerful access to webmail, calendars, contacts and more. You’ll work with our
collaborative team of front- and back-end developers, designers and
researchers. Improving our customers’ interactive experience, keeping it
secure and a delight to use is what we do, every day.
Our interfaces are built upon our own Overture framework and the new email
standard JMAP. It gives us full control from
top to bottom to build the right solutions to difficult problems. If you’ve
worked with other MVC application frameworks, like Apple’s Cocoa, you should
find Overture easy to pick up.
You’ll have the opportunity to work at many levels:
- building features from scratch with our design and product teams
- optimizing and improving existing code
- tracking down and fixing elusive bugs reported by customers
There’s always an interesting new challenge to solve!
You have a strong grasp of the problems of building client/server applications,
especially at the client end, where a user interface has to stay responsive
while interacting with a sometimes-wayward server. You’ve got to handle data
from third parties that often doesn’t make a lot of sense, but you can’t just
crash. The network isn’t reliable, latency is non-zero, and every missed data
binding means one more bizarre state that the interface can enter.
You understand that development is more than just coding, it’s requirements
analysis, documentation (your future self will thank you), testing, and
support. You’ve participated in user testing (or would really love to add it
to your skill set), and you know the best feedback you can get is seeing how
real people use your work.
You strive to find root causes and apply the fix at the right level of the
stack, rather than applying an ever more unmaintainable series of band-aid
hacks on top. You delight in an elegant solution, especially if it makes the
user’s experience faster. We take pride in the little details, and we hope you
Our client is built on the Web platform, so you’ll need to have a great handle
on ECMAScript, HTML, CSS, client-side storage and worker APIs, and the various
security and performance issues specific to that platform.
You have excellent written language skills, strong verbal and interpersonal
skills, patience, diligence, and an ability to gracefully adapt to change. You
love engaging with your colleagues to find the ideal implementation solution.
Working at Fastmail
Like everyone on our team, you’ll get good benefits including:
- Competitive salary
- Full paid health and dental
- Retirement match
- 4 weeks PTO (and we’ll encourage you to take it!)
- Conference/professional development budget for all staffers — we value people who are enthusiastic about learning and growing
- Beautiful, sunny office in Center City Philadelphia, a few blocks from City Hall
- New computer, books, and whatever other supplies you need
- Travel opportunities
Our HQ is in Melbourne, Australia, and we work closely with our team there. You
may go there at some point, too! We use tools like email (including our own
team collaboration service Topicbox), Slack, and Zoom to help keep in touch.
The time difference will mean that occasionally you would need to join a call
outside of regular business hours, but you should be able to balance out that
We see this as a full-time role with a high face-to-face component with your
colleagues in Philadelphia, so you should plan to spend most of your work-time
physically present in our office. There’s flexibility in that though — we are
partners, parents, and caretakers ourselves. Talk to us if you’re unsure.
You can read about our
values, and our
blog features some of the people who will
become your colleagues at Fastmail.
We welcome all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, age, pregnancy,
gender identity or expression, disability, or sexual orientation.
About the only thing we can’t help with is visas or sponsorship. You must
already have the right to work in the United States.
Sounds great, what’s next?
Email us at email@example.com to introduce yourself
and tell us why you would be a good fit for the job! This job requires clear
communication, so that message is part of your application, but please also
include a PDF of your resume. We’d also love to hear about your work to date:
please share what apps you have worked on so far.
Job Type: Full-time.