City:  Ilmenau
Date:  May 2, 2024

Research assistant for the application of Large Language Models in the energy sector

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ( currently operates 76 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany and is the world’s leading applied research organization. Around 30 800 employees work with an annual research budget of 3.0 billion euros. 

The Fraunhofer Society ( currently operates 76 institutes and research facilities in Germany and is the world's leading organization for application-oriented research. Around 30,000 employees work on an annual research volume of 2.9 billion euros.

At the Fraunhofer Institute for Optronics, System Technology and Image Exploitation IOSB, we turn the latest scientific findings into technical innovations and want to make our contribution to shaping the future. We are currently looking for student support on the topic “Application of Large Language Models in the energy sector”.


Our department cognitive energy systems has been working on the development of AI-based assistance systems for optimal forecasting, planning, operation and monitoring of power systems for many years. Large language models such as ChatGPT or Bard offer the potential for new assistance functions in the energy domain with innovative usage options for energy suppliers or grid operators.


What you will do

  • Research on LLMs and information retrieval approaches
  • Support in the implementation of a retrieval augmented generation system
  • Support in the development of innovative parsing and retrieval components
  • Carry out first tests of assisting of energy market and operation tasks with a RAG system


What you bring to the table

  • You are enrolled (university / university of applied sciences) and are studying computer science or a comparable subject
  • You have already gained initial experience in the area of machine learning or deep learning (ideally with a focus on LLM).
  • You have programming knowledge in Python


What you can expect

  • An open and collegial working atmosphere, as well as intensive support
  • Flexible working hours in coordination with the manager (from 40 hours per month)
  • Work at the interface between now and the future 
  • Cooperation with industry partners
  • We offer you the opportunity to work remotely (in consultation with your manager)
  • If you wish, you have the opportunity to write your Bachelor's/Master's thesis with us (by arrangement)
  • A high degree of personal responsibility and the opportunity to contribute and implement your own ideas


The monthly working time is 39 hours. 
We value and promote the diversity of our employees' skills and therefore welcome all applications - regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, ideology, disability, sexual orientation and identity. Severely disabled persons are given preference in the event of equal suitability. 

With its focus on developing key technologies that are vital for the future and enabling the commercial utilization of this work by business and industry, Fraunhofer plays a central role in the innovation process. As a pioneer and catalyst for groundbreaking developments and scientific excellence, Fraunhofer helps shape society now and in the future. 

Interested? Apply online now. We look forward to getting to know you!


Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB 


Requisition Number: 72196                Application Deadline: 09/27/2024


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