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Sr. Backend Developer

Information Technology and Network Services | New York, NY | Full Time

Job Description

Electus Digital/CollegeHumor is seeking a Sr. LAMP Application Developer to join our small agile team of developers. In early 2013 we began a project to build out a new platform that would be fast, reliable, scalable, and would support quickly launching new sites. It incorporates a responsive design, a new video player, a custom analytics system, and plenty of other cool features. We are just getting started rebuilding this new platform, and we need some smart, motivated developers to join the team. The most interesting and challenging work is yet to come.
Collectively,, and our other sites reach over 15 million unique users every month.



This role is for a senior back-end PHP developer who will be working primarily on our shared platform, and occasionally on site features for our individual websites.

The candidate must have at least 6 years of experience developing on a PHP-based MVC Framework and demonstrate an excellent understanding of object-oriented programming. A degree in Computer Science is strongly preferred.
As a senior developer, the role will involve taking on a larger amount of ownership on several projects. While this role does not have any direct reports, the person in this role will need to be able to work with minimal supervision and delegate tasks to other developers.  Additionally, they will need to make larger architectural decisions, and perform code reviews on the work submitted by other developers.
The candidate must be a conscientious developer who can build new features, iterate on existing features, write test scripts, unit test their code, and take part in code reviews with other developers.

The candidate must be able to profile and optimize code and queries for performance.

The candidate must enjoy working in a fast paced environment with small agile development teams.


• Back-end development experience in PHP 5, and a strong understanding of Object Oriented Programming within an MVC framework.
• Experience as a lead/senior developer, even if just on a project-by-project basis.
• Solid understanding of general principles of caching and scaling websites, including configuring and optimizing Memcached, Apache, and MySQL.
• Experience working on a high traffic web site.
• Thorough understanding of HTML, JavaScript, and CSS.
• Experience working on a Media website is a plus.
• Experience with SPL is a plus.
• Experience with any of the following is a plus: Google Analytics integration, Lucene, Beanstalk, Redis, Nginx, and integration/hosting with Amazon Web Services.
• A preoccupation with staying on top of industry trends and technologies.