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Work at Fathom

We love deeply complicated projects that take the intimate knowledge of a domain expert and make it accessible to a much wider audience. Over the past eight years, 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 musicpitch, 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.

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!

Web Developer (Senior + Junior)

Our development team is comprised of people that have a range of backgrounds—from traditional software engineering to creative coding to programmatic architecture. As a developer you’ll work with complicated data sets, turn out prototypes, iterate on tools, and optimize user experience across devices. You also have an appreciation for design and recognize the importance of collaboration.

For this role, we're looking for a background in front-end web development (building applications in HTML/CSS/JavaScript from scratch). Additional experience deploying on AWS, server-side development (Python and Flask in particular), graphics coding, or statistics/machine learning is beneficial but not necessary.

Separate from coding tasks, you should also have an interest in developing projects that can be understood by people with a wide variety of backgrounds.

Senior developers applying for this position should have demonstrated experience mentoring a team, strategic awareness of how to best apply effort, and considerable practice with shipping projects at a wide range of sizes, and for a wide range of audiences.

Junior developers should be self-starters with a fascination for the why and how, and be especially interested in learning more about ways of working and the people you're working with. We're looking for you to contribute your distinctive experiences and grow with the team.

Senior Operations Manager

As both an internal and external point of contact, you will establish partnerships and develop client relationships while ensuring the office is running smoothly. You know the ins and outs of contracts, are adept at writing proposals and assessing growth while interfacing with facilities and supporting the team at an administrative level. You have a sensitivity to what makes Fathom different and seek out opportunities that align with our interests and ethics.

We would love to see candidates with strong negotiation, communication, and organizational skills with experience in business management. Applicants for this role might tend closer to the business management side or to the operations side, but this role is ideal for someone who enjoys wearing a lot of hats.

Senior UI/UX Designer

As a Senior UI/UX Designer you are the advocate for the user, creating compelling exchanges that allow them to uncover and interact with interesting stories in data. You carefully balance the overall interface and finer details to create a seamless experience based in audience and context, catering to varying levels of expertise. By crafting storyboards, mockups and prototypes, you communicate information and functionality in an innovative and graphically compelling way.

Our ideal candidate is well-versed in established strategies and methodologies and builds on these with unique solutions and designs that aid in composing a distinctive voice for each project and recognize that this quality is what makes Fathom unique. They have demonstrated experience designing projects on diverse platforms, integrating feedback, mentoring a team, and leading the process from ideation to launch.

Internships

We are always on the lookout for interns who are curious self-starters interested in extending their skills in design, development, stats, research, storytelling, and related fields. A strong sense of initiative is a must, as our interns often direct their own projects, while also receiving regular feedback and guidance from members of the Fathom team.

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.

Send your résumé, cover letter, and links to pertinent work to hello@fathom.info.

In your cover letter, we’d love to hear about why you’re interested in working at Fathom, what you might add to the team, and how your background influences your work.