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Backend PHP Developer - Games Platform

Kognito
🏒 Kognito πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ New York, NY, US πŸ•‘ October 12

Kognito (kognito.com, based in NYC) makes role-playing games where players engage in simulated conversations to learn how to lead similar conversations in real-life. We build 3D games that run on our proprietary web-based distribution platform. Our games are available to more than 9 million people. Our team of 75+ people includes game designers, software engineers, psychologists, graphic artists, and writers.

Kognito is seeking a talented PHP Developer to join our growing research and development team. The ideal candidate is capable of finding the best design and technology for new projects and keeping pace with an experienced team. You'll be designing and developing the infrastructure behind all our web and mobile games, as well as various internal tools. You will work across the full LAMP stack and through the whole development cycle of projects.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Move the company to a services-based infrastructure as we scale up to serve our games on any platform, anywhere, anytime for millions of users.
  • Assist with meeting requirements for a diverse set of clients, including creating and improving internal tools for the game development team.
  • Architect database systems to handle terabytes of data.
  • Work with our QA team to ensure maximum stability, performance and quality. Write your own documentation and automated tests.
  • Plan deployments and launches for all projects.

The ideal new team member should be ready to work in a group of equals or independently. We're excited to hear your ideas about app design, project implementation, and which new technologies you think are worth investigating.

Skills & Experience:

  • Fullstack LAMP development, including being comfortable on the UNIX/Linux command line, writing your own MySQL queries, and dealing with Apache configuration files (e.g. vhost & .htaccess files)
  • Experience with object-oriented PHP, including Laravel and PHPUnit
  • Ability to write HTML/CSS/JS in line with W3C standards
  • Experience with jQuery, jQuery Mobile, Vue.js, and Bootstrap
  • Experience with packaging and automation technologies such as composer, npm, grunt, gulp, yarn, bower, etc.
  • Experience with Agile development methodologies
  • Excellent written and oral English skills
  • Experience with a distributed version control system like Mercurial or GIT
  • 4+ years of relevant work experience with similar or equivalent job description

Nice to Haves:

  • Familiarity with Rackspace hosting infrastructure
  • Familiarity with the Unity game engine

Kognito is a division of Ascend Learning, LLC.

Ascend Learning, LLC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer (M/F/Vets/Disabled). No agency or search firm submissions will be accepted. Applications for U.S. based positions with Ascend Learning, LLC must be legally authorized to work in the United States and verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire.

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