PHP Software Engineer (EMEA)

Who is Castor?


Castor is a leading cloud-based clinical data platform working with some of the world’s largest medical device companies, biopharma, and renowned academic institutes.


We simplify the clinical trial process, from recruitment to analysis, with user-friendly, patient-centric technology. Our mission is to bring medical research into the digital age. Why? Because medical research is still largely run using free-text, paper, and legacy technology.


Our self-service platform enables our users to run remote, device-enabled, patient-centric trials. By helping our users capture high-quality data and making it machine-readable, we are fundamentally changing the flawed evidence-based medicine process.


At Castor our tech stack, well… it’s stacked! With PHP at its heart, our world is composed of (but not limited to) PHP 7.4 (upgrading to 8), Symfony, Laminas, Github, Doctrine 2, CircleCI, Docker, MySQL, Ansible, ReactJS, Tideways, NewRelic, and DataDog to realize our vision, ensuring our products and tools embrace the frontier of innovation.


How is Castor supporting the Coronavirus crisis?

Castor has joined the global fight against coronavirus by making our research data capture system available for free for all COVID-19 research projects. Castor is supporting more than 250 COVID-19 studies across the world, including the World Health Organization’s SOLIDARITY trial.


The Role

What you'll do

As a PHP Software Engineer at Castor, you'll work within a cross-functional team, developing exciting new features, powerful APIs that connect our platform to Electronic Health Records and complex algorithms to support versioning of study data and metadata:


  • Designing, 'debugging' and writing code for a growing network of medical researchers
  • Analyzing performance data and optimizing bottlenecks to ensure we maintain our growth
  • Deconstructing user requirements to model optimal, scalable solutions
  • Working on automated toolchains to construct and integrate our applications
  • Collaborating and sharing knowledge with the engineering team


What you'll bring

Being a savvy software engineer with a growth mindset, you'll know how to decrypt and improve legacy code whilst keeping yourself abreast of current trends:


  • Practical experience with PHP, design patterns, OOP, and automated tests
  • Experience in building complex web-based applications
  • Knowledge of web security, common vulnerabilities and their mitigations
  • A creative mindset with the ability to help solve challenging domain problems


What you'll learn

It's a crucial time for Castor. We're on 'full power mode' and scaling up at an exponential rate. For you, the opportunities are endless:


  • How to build robust 'bulletproof' security which protects patients medical data
  • Working with a diverse group of PHP practitioners from all over the world
  • Share your ideas openly and influence the growth of a true scale-up company
  • Be involved in maximizing the impact of medical research and improving healthcare


What you'll get

At Castor, we truly live and breathe our core values, believing we can 'achieve anything with a healthy and happy team.' With this in mind, we offer the following benefits:


  • A flexible and remote-first working opportunity (we also have an office in Amsterdam, our Castor Burrow)
  • A competitive salary and a guaranteed 'happy holidays' bonus
  • A strong Employee Stock Option Plan
  • 30 days annual leave (plus additional national holidays)
  • Are you interested in lifelong learning? You'll love using our development and training budget!
  • Flexible approach to working - nobody is tracking your time except you
  • A MacBook or Dell laptop, we're a tech start-up after all ;)
  • Like to feel zen? You'll love our company subscription to Calm for meditation and yoga


To make medical research smarter and faster and build top-notch products to support decentralized clinical trials, we pay close attention to diversity & inclusion in Castor's Product and Engineering teams. You can learn more from our Team Lead Roxana and Software Engineer Luciana Interviews on how they experience working at Castor and their opinions on D&I in engineering topics!


Want to know more? Check out the role profile for some further insights, or apply now!




Castor continues to grow as an Equal Opportunities Employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, people of colour, and people from the LGBTQ(+) community. Please feel free to share the pronouns you use (for example she/her/hers, he/her/his, they/them/theirs, etc.).

Our Interview Process

Application
Application

Fill out a short application on our careers website.

Telephone Call
Telephone Call

If your application is successful, we’ll invite you to an intitial call with a member of our talent team.

Manager interview
Manager interview

Great news! You’re invited to meet the hiring team.

Interview Day
Interview Day

Now we’ve got even better acquanted, we’d like to invite you to a final stage interview day.

Offer
Offer

Congratulations! We’re making you a formal offer to join as our next Castorian!

Meet Your Future Colleagues

Roxana Christian
Roxana Christian
Senior Software Engineer
Sebastiaan Knijnenburg
Sebastiaan Knijnenburg
Principal Innovation Engineer
Bas van Vliet
Bas van Vliet
Senior Software Engineer