Checkerspot, Inc. Applications Specialist Salt Lake City, UT · Full time

COMPANY DESCRIPTION Checkerspot designs performance materials at a molecular level with technology at the nexus of biology and chemistry. By engaging directly with product users and partnering with socially responsible corporations, we design and bring to market superior products with better materials to meet real needs. Our first materials are next-gen polyurethanes and textile coatings/finishes that make consumer products perform at levels never before possible. We launched WNDR Alpine, an outdoor recreation brand whose first product is a high performance ski, the Intention 110. We are readying the release of several other outdoor recreation products in the market to validate our approach and to kickstart a sequence of iterative projects based on our technology. Through large scale microbial fermentation, we can deliver unique oils discovered in nature, but not previously accessible commercially. Our initial focus is on triglycerides that can impart high value physical properties for materials by leveraging unique molecular scaffolds. Our approach is also more sustainable than relying on petrochemical inputs. COMPANY CULTURE Our company culture can best be understood through experience. We’d like to be known more by what we do than what we say.Checkerspot is looking for a motivated, organized and detail-oriented Applications Specialist in the Checkerspot Design Lab in Salt Lake City, Utah. The successful candidate will be responsible for helping the success of the material science group.


  • Work on research projects to help Checkerspot develop new cast and foam formulations
  • Create and validate new formulations to address new and existing problems in the market
  • Develop materials for adjacencies and new markets
  • Closely work directly with customers to adopt Checkerspot technologies
  • Work with commercial team explore new opportunities 
  • Identify additional equipment needed and provided justification to leadership
  • Identify customer CTQs and develop appropriate testing methods
  • Visit customers to troubleshoot and identify solutions to problems
  • Write call reports and technical documents detailing experiments
  • Closely collaborate with formulation business to ensure material supply chain
  • Collaborate with formulations business to ensure proper development of QC methods and work with customers to adopt these checks
  • Drive for safety on-site and at customers
  • Attend related trade shows or technical conferences 


  • Candidates pursuing or have a degree preferably in one of the following fields or related studies:
  • Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical engineering, Materials Science or a related field 
  • Comfortable interacting with external parties and customers
  • Experience formulating cast and foam polyurethanes 
  • Comfortable working independently as well as in team settings
  • The ability to follow detailed protocols and strong problem-solving skills are a must
  • Detail oriented with the ability to manage multiple priorities while meeting expected deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Highly motivated and have an excellent work ethic with a can-do attitude and sincere enthusiasm
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite
  • Wet lab experience is preferred
  • Creative problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to function effectively in a fast paced, mission focused environment, with multiple competing priorities


Checkerspot offers its employees a competitive benefits and compensation package. 

Checkerspot is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis.


$48,000 - $65,000 per year