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Evangelisches Werk für Diakonie und Entwicklung e.V.

We are seeking for the Presidential Directorate of Finance, Human Resources, Law and Organization, Organizational Consulting Unit of Evangelisches Werk für Diakonie und Entwicklung e. V. in Berlin as soon as possible a

Student Assistant (50%), Organization Department, open source AI language models (LLMs)

still vacant

Vacancy 1105, for a fixed term until March 31, 2025

Working field:

Evangelisches Werk für Diakonie und Entwicklung e. V. based in Berlin has combined development cooperation, disaster relief, and nationwide welfare work since 2012. With approximately 850 employees, the organization operates across the three brands: Diakonie Deutschland, the Protestant top-level federation of independent welfare work; the development agency Brot für die Welt; and the emergency relief organisation Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe.

The Organizational Consulting Unit in the Organization Department aims to continue exploring and establishing the use of open source AI language models (LLMs) in internal work. Its long-term goal is to utilize internally hosted models that are trained with in-house materials and can generate texts for various specialized applications. Special emphasis is placed on handling sensitive data and its exclusive processing within the organization, without data being sent to external systems.

We are looking for a technically proficient student employee who can help us gain organizational experience in this respect and move closer to this vision.

Your tasks include:

  • research and assessment of open source LLMs such as Mistral, LLaMA 2 or Falcon, as well as relevant technologies and frameworks
  • conducting experiments to evaluate the suitability of various models for EWDE-specific applications
  • explore fine-tuning techniques to adapt LLMs to the specific requirements and data sets of the EWDE
  • development and testing of prototypes for specific in-house applications
  • documentation of results, processes, and decision-making criteria as well as preparation of decision templates for internal strategy development
  • reporting on progress, obstacles, and insights regarding feasible applications and required internal resources for scaling


You meet the following requirements:

  • current enrollment in a relevant field of study (e. g., Computer Science, Data Science, Cognitive Sciences, etc.)
  • basic understanding and initial experience with open source LLMs and machine learning
  • practical experience with the Python programming language and common AI libraries/tools (Hugging Face, vector databases, etc.)
  • knowledge of fine-tuning techniques of LLMs is desirable
  • high self-initiative and the ability to develop solutions
  • very good knowledge of either German or English

What we offer:

We offer you:

  • flexible working hours and family-friendly working conditions
  • attractive home office regulations
  • company pension scheme
  • opportunities for further training
  • contractual vacation of 30 days/year and special leave models
  • good public transport connections and own bicycle garage

How to apply:

For any questions about the position, Johannes Schunter (Tel.: 030 65211-1827) will be happy to help. Questions about the application process can be sent to from the HR department.

Diversity is important to us. We welcome applications from individuals regardless of their ethnic, national, or social origin, gender, disability, age, or sexual identity.

We are looking for employees who want to consciously contribute their values and competencies in a Christian organization. We are pleased if you mention your religion and denomination in your application documents.

The compensation is in accordance with the TVöD, salary group 8 according to the wage agreement for the Protestant Church in Germany (DVO.EKD).

Please apply by April 2nd 2024, using the following link: