Email Client Application Developer
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We’re looking for an Email Client Application developer to join the Fastmail
team in our Melbourne CBD 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
If you come and work with us, you'll be working at our office in Melbourne,
We have an office in Philadelphia, USA, and we're in close communication
with them. Because of the time difference, this means a lot of email, a fair
bit of Slack chat, and occasional video chats. This means that occasionally you
might need to be available outside normal business hours for a team meeting.
We encourage employees to write and speak about the great work we do, and we
value people who are enthusiastic to learn and improve their skills -- and we
give them a conference budget to do so. Many staffers write articles on our
blog, and we hope you will, too. Several staff members are regular conference
You can read about our
values, and our
blog contains interviews with some of the people
who will become your colleagues at Fastmail.
Like everyone on our team, you'll get good benefits (such as paid parental
leave) and 4 weeks annual leave. We'll set you up with equipment, books, and
whatever else you need to do your job comfortably.
We see this as a full-time role with a high face-to-face communication
component, so you'll be required to spend most of your work-time physically
present in our Melbourne office. There's flexibility in that though - we are
partners, parents and carers ourselves, and we understand time-zone flexibility
goes in both directions. Talk to us if you're unsure.
We welcome all applicants regardless of race, colour, 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 Australia.
Sounds great, what’s next?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.