We love deeply complicated projects that take the intimate knowledge of a domain expert and make it accessible to a much wider audience. Since 2010, we’ve worked with large corporations, smaller non-profits, government agencies, and nearby universities. We do projects about issues we care about, like gender equality, development, education, public health, and public transportation. We build tools for scientists and help them address issues like Ebola, Lassa fever, and malaria.
We geek out about music, pitch, color perception, and the digits of pi and tau. Our side projects feed our curiosities, occasionally putting our obsessions on public display. Even though we work in code and most of our projects are interactive, our traditional design training means we still really love print. We also use it as a means to support causes we think are important.
And even though “design” is part of our company’s name, we’re a little preoccupied with math and work on large software projects. In fact, a considerable amount of our time is spent on enabling others to learn to code or create interactive and visual things.
We are committed to being an anti-racist, inclusive studio and upholding these ethics in the work we do and environment we foster. We encourage people of color, women and members of the LGBTQ+ community to apply, contribute their voices, and help define the studio's trajectory.
When we're in the office, we all enjoy lunch together to take a break and catch up. We do small adventures around Boston about once a month, and try to end a little early on Fridays to relax with your beverage of choice (we drink a lot of seltzer).
We love to make time for side projects involving data, code + design. We have a large format printer for experimenting with prints, programmable knitting + embroidery machines, and large screens throughout the office to experiment with installations.
Some of the benefits for all roles are:
Below we’ve listed specific job openings, though it’s worth noting that many team members define their own positions. If your background and interests align with our work, we would love to hear from you!
Our development team is comprised of people with a variety of degrees and professional backgrounds—graphic design, materials science, or philosophy majors who come from traditional software engineering or creative coding. As a developer at Fathom, you’ll work with complicated data sets, create prototypes, iterate on tools, and optimize user experience across devices. You also have an appreciation for design, clarity, and accessibility, and you recognize the importance of collaboration.
If you’re applying as a senior developer, you should have experience mentoring a team, strategic awareness of how to best apply effort, and considerable practice with shipping projects of various sizes for a wide range of audiences.
If you’re applying as a junior developer, you should have a fascination for the why and how, and be open to learning about new ways of working and the people you're working with. We're looking for you to share your distinct experiences and perspectives as you grow with the team.
As both an internal and external point of contact, you will establish partnerships and develop client relationships while ensuring the office runs smoothly. You know the ins and outs of contracts and are adept at writing proposals and assessing growth; as an administrator, you are a dependable and supportive presence for the team. You have a keen awareness of what makes Fathom different and seek out opportunities that align with our interests and values. You have experience in business management and bring strong negotiation, communication, and organizational skills to the role. While you might lean more to the business management side or to the operations side, this position is ideal for someone who enjoys wearing a lot of hats. Candidates should be local or willing to relocate to the Boston area.
In this role, you will be responsible for defining and conceptualizing how the entire experience of a project comes together. You know when to use existing UX conventions, but also when to diverge from them for innovative yet intuitive experiences. You should be able to carry a design seamlessly through multiple kinds of media and presentation—from conventional computer displays, to mobile devices, to multi-screen installations. You are naturally mindful of context, understanding that you must take into account how the software will be deployed by different users.
Your main task will be to assist our project leads, helping them synthesize feedback into actionable next steps. You love planning, working with people, and having a lot of responsibility. You’ll also maintain communication with clients, developers, and designers on the project, so strong writing skills are a must. You’ll keep track of the different projects taking place in the office, being mindful of potential connections between them. Candidates for this role should be local or willing to relocate to the Boston area.
We encourage you to apply for a Fathom internship if you’re a curious self-starter who would like to hone your skills in design, development, statistics, research, or storytelling. A strong sense of initiative is a must, as our interns often direct their own projects, while receiving regular feedback and guidance from members of the Fathom team. Our interns have come from a wide range of majors and disciplines, and excellent writing skills are always welcome.
While most interns are here during the summer, we’re also open to students joining us during the fall or spring and accept applicants on a rolling basis. All internships are paid, full-time positions, and are expected to join us in Boston, MA.
Send your résumé, cover letter, and links to pertinent work to firstname.lastname@example.org.