Back-end PHP Developer

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Back-end PHP Developer

Students and editors generate 100,000 page views a day on our web-application.You will work together with the team of experienced developers to implement new features for our users and ensure high quality of our application.

Full-time · Amsterdam

What is Scribbr? 🎓

We are a family of graduates who have one mutual goal: Help students graduate!

Scribbr helps more than 500 students daily, offering our Proofreading & Editing service, the Scribbr Plagiarism Check and more than 1.500 articles (and over 5 million monthly page views) written about thesis topics.

With our HQ team of over 60 in the heart of Amsterdam and more than 500 freelance editors worldwide, we do everything we can to provide the best service for students. We pride ourselves on our hard work and continuous innovation, and it shows: we're one of the fastest growing technology startups in the Netherlands!

Since its founding in 2012, Scribbr has evolved from a side-project in an unexplored market to one of the fastest-growing businesses in Europe.

We're looking for a back-end PHP Developer that can help us improve our current services and strengthen our development team as we prepare to launch into new and exciting markets with huge growth potential.

Our back-end tech stack: PHP 7.2, Symfony 4, Doctrine, MySQL 8, Redis, RabbitMQ, PHPUnit, static code analyzers.

On the front-end we use: Javascript, TypeScript, Vue.js, Nuxt.js, Bootstrap, SCSS, Twig.

Other tech & tools: AWS, JSON:API, Postman, Docker, GitHub, CircleCi, Sentry, Scrutinizer, Cypress.

What are we looking for?

  • 2-5 years of experience developing web applications in PHP

  • Experience with Symfony or similar PHP frameworks

  • Proficiency with MySql and Doctrine (or other similar DB tools)

  • Good understanding of OOP patterns and SOLID principles and experience applying them in practice

  • Ability to express application design with diagrams and convert diagrams into code

  • Eager to learn from others, keep up with rapid changes in the tech world and grow professionally

  • Good communicator, team player

  • Familiarity with RabbitMQ or other queueing systems is a plus

  • Experience with designing and developing APIs is a plus

  • Understanding DDD is a plus

  • Experience in working as a part of the Scrum team and familiarity with Agile practises is a plus

  • You are located in The Netherlands

What do we offer?

  • A yearly salary between 40.000 - €52.000

  • A team with mainly senior developers who are happy to mentor you

  • Complete autonomy for the development team (no investors!). Do we need to refactor? Go for it!

  • Access to the Amsterdam PHP and TNW network to share knowledge

  • A high performance laptop, two screens, noise cancelling headphones and whatever extra hardware you need

  • Budget for training, certifications, conferences and tech gadgets

  • A fun, ambitious, informal, flexible work environment that embraces the latest technologies

  • An office with a view in the center of Amsterdam

  • 25 paid holidays (+7 official Dutch holidays)

  • The chance to join one of the fastest-growing startups in the Netherlands 🍻

  • Travel cost reimbursement

  • 30% ruling assistance, if applicable

  • And of course... Friday beers, (corona friendly) team activities, a Scribbr boat docked outside the office, smart colleagues, free lunch, etc. ;-)

What application/codebase will you be working on? 

The Scribbr application is split into two components: our super high-traffic marketing website, which is built in Wordpress, and our Symfony order/customer/operations management system (Symfony) called Houston. You will be working on the latter. ;-)

Houston is used by students, the support team, the marketing team and the management team to run Scribbr smoothly. We are improving Houston every day to automate more of our processes and to improve the services we deliver.

Some Houston features:

  • Process orders and payments of our customers
  • Manage our vast freelance editor pool
  • Matching freelance editors and orders via an algorithm based on statistical data
  • Automatic Word-document analysis to track and assess the performance of our freelance editors
  • Multi-currency and multi-language operations; students from all over the world use our services
  • Complete CRM-system to help all students
  • Plagiarism-detection software

Who will you work with?

We're enthusiastic, we're international and we love to celebrate success! We work together to ensure that students are fully satisfied with our services and that Scribbr keeps on growing.

You will interact with everyone in the company, but most often with these awesome people:


Co-Founder, Product Owner


Senior PHP Developer


Senior PHP Developer


QA Engineer


Senior PHP Developer


Front-end Developer

In the heart of Amsterdam

At tech hub TNW

A Bright Future

Do you think working for a startup is fun, but full of uncertainty and risks? At Scribbr you can put your hesitations aside!

We founded our company five years ago and we have been profitable from the beginning. We don’t have any investors or debts, so no short-term thinking and no unrealistic targets.

Our team is our family. It is the most important part of our company. At Scribbr we grow together and support one another’s development.

We pride ourselves on Scribbr’s stability, sustainability, and teamwork. Join us and experience the fun!


Koen & Bas - Scribbr Founders 🚀🎓

We work hard and play hard at Scribbr HQ! Join our awesome team!

FD Gazellen 2019 Oryx Winner

Deloitte Fast50 2017, 2018, 2019

Financial Times FT1000

FD Gazelle 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

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