Who is Castor? Castor is a young, dynamic and fast-growing health tech startup. What’s our mission? To bring medical research practices into the digital age. Using real-time, standardised , inclusive and broader datasets we hope to fundamentally change the broken evidence based medicine process through use of data. BOOM! You’ve found yourself a company with a true purpose. Driven by a core purpose, our 'Castorians' (a.k.a our awesome employees) believe data and user-friendly technology is key to overcoming the healthcare challenges of the future. We have a diverse team, employing Dutch, Canadian, German, Swedish, Romanian, British, Chilean, Uruguayan, Australian, Filipino and Indian staff. You can get to know our people on our team page and go to Instagram to get a feel for our company culture. What do we do? We are developing Castors Electronic Data Capture platform, a web application that allows medical researchers to collect data for their clinical studies. We are one of the fastest growing HealthTech companies, having grown our customer base to over 30,000 researchers worldwide. We are proud of the fact that our customers are our biggest growth engine. Once they use our product, they fall in love and tell their fellow researchers! What is our Castor vs. COVID-19 project? Castor has joined the global fight against the Coronavirus by making our research data capture system available for free for all COVID-19 research projects. As of May 1, Castor is supporting more than 180 COVID-19 studies across 15 countries. Since time is of the essence, we have enabled these studies to go live within 5 days on average. What is our "big, hairy, audacious" goal?!" We want to accelerate medical research by unlocking the potential of every researcher. Starting with an easy to use and affordable EDC we want to help researchers throughout the entire medical research process. We believe that standardizing and reusing research datasets is key to meeting tomorrow’s healthcare challenges.

Castor

Amsterdam, NL

Remote Senior Backend Engineer (PHP)

What you’ll do

At Castor our stack, well...it’s stacked! With PHP at its heart, our world comprises of (not limited to) PHP7, ZF 2/3, Github, Doctrine 2, Jenkins, Docker, MySQL, Ansible, ReactJS, Tideways, and NewRelic to realize our vision, ensuring our products and tools embrace the frontier of innovation:

  • 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 with and mentoring engineers, championing their technical growth

What you’ll bring

A repertoire of coding comprehension! Being a savvy and seasoned software engineer, you’ll know how to decrypt and improve legacy code whilst keeping yourself abreast of current trends:

  • Extensive practical experience with PHP, design patterns, OOP, and automated tests

  • Experience in scaling up cloud-based applications

  • A coding consortium of knowledge, being able to build new, globally scaling features

  • A positive approach to mentoring and supporting others in their development

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

  • To 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 value, believing we can 'achieve anything with a healthy and happy team.' With this in mind, we offer the following benefits:

  • A flexible and remote working opportunity (we also have an office in Amsterdam)
  • A competitive salary and a guaranteed 'happy holidays' bonus
  • Investing in our talent with a strong Employee Stock Option Plan
  • 30 days annual leave (plus additional national holidays)
  • 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 new 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 thoughts on D&I challenges.