Senior PHP Developer

London, UK
MagicLab – Backend
MagicLab is seeking an expert PHP Developer to help in the ongoing development of our large-scale web and mobile applications backend. This role will be focused on backend coding and database design and will require your participation in the development process from design through to deployment and support.


    • Participate in a creation of a very large scale backend API (PHP/MySQL/NoSQL, millions of users, thousands of servers, over 50k requests per seconds for PHP backend) and see the results of your efforts in a matter of days
    • Write backend code and design databases (no client-side coding required)
    • Support our huge PHP application (several millions lines of code)
    • Actively participate in the whole process of development, from initial design to deployment and support
    • Proactively communicate with colleagues to refine application design
    • Suggest and implement high-tech, innovative solutions
    • Optimise backend code, look for bottlenecks and, as and when necessary, implement visualisation and monitoring systems


    • Proven backend development experience
    • Excellent knowledge of PHP, weak and strong points of this language
    • Experience in relational databases and SQL, preferably MySQL
    • Understanding how to optimise and fine-tune backend application that uses MySQL or other external data sources
    • Knowledge of *nix console environment
    • Good computer science and internet technology background
    • Strong will to learn new stuff
    • Words like caching, sharding, replication, reliability are familiar to you or you should be able to learn them quickly
Why MagicLab?

We are proud to be the largest dating network in the world, with over 500 million users across 190 countries. Online dating has more than doubled in the last decade, and it is estimated that the global online dating market could be worth $12 billion next year. We continually innovate so that we can provide the best technology and user experience for people to meet because we believe that happiness is better shared.