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PHP Developer with MySQL Optimization Experience

at (Chicago, IL, USA) Full Time Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Job Description:

Are you a strong PHP developer with experience optimizing large databases for high-traffic websites? Are you into music? Are you excited about people connecting in new ways through technology?

Cluster Interactive is looking for an individual to join us as a senior developer for SongLyrics is visited by over 200,000 music fans every day, and we’re taking the site to the next level. The position will start immediately, continue permanently, and compensate competitively.

About us

Cluster Interactive is a design and development development agency located in Lakeview, on the north side of Chicago. We’re a young team of energetic people focused on creating rewarding, intelligent user experiences. is one of the oldest song lyrics sites on the web, serving over seven million unique visitors per month. It was one of the first sites to adopt a lyrics licensing program that compensates lyrics copyright holders with a portion of advertising revenue. SongLyrics will be undergoing major changes over the next two years, and we’re looking for a talented, enthusiastic developer to take a leading technology role.

About the role

We’re hiring a senior-level developer to work closely with us in envisioning, specifying, and implementing new features, integrations, and applications.


* Conceptualize, research, prioritize, and realize new functionality

* Focus on application speed

* Understand and contribute to the overall vision of the brand and constantly improve the user experience

* Work with off-shore resources and manage new hires

About you

You set ambitious goals and accomplish them. You’re energized by difficult programming challenges. You see the big picture — the business, the technology, the culture, the trends, and the website — and this vision informs your thinking.


* Expertise optimizing large databases (at least 2 years exp.)

* Expertise developing in a LAMP environment

* Experience working on a high-traffic website

* Proficiency in HTML/CSS, Javascript, AJAX

* Commitment to agile processes and clean, well-documented code


* Experience with CodeIgniter and Smarty

* Good understanding of usability and clean design

* Experience with Facebook apps and integration

The details

The position will start immediately. There will be a one month trial period in which you’ll be working as an hourly contractor, 30-40 hours per week. At the end of a month, we’ll sit down and have a talk about your future with the company. Hopefully it’ll go well and we’ll offer you a full-time position, which will include competitive pay, benefits, and happiness.

How to apply:

To apply, send a resume and cover letter indicating relevant experience, notable projects, and salary requirements to [email protected].