Univ.-Prof. Dr. Aiko Voigt

Department of Meteorology and Geophysics
University of Vienna
Holaubek-Platz 2 (UZA II)
1090 Wien

Room: 2G55
T: +43-1-4277-537 40
aiko.voigt – at – univie.ac.at

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Research Interests

I am interested in the dynamics of the atmosphere and the coupled climate system. Most of my work draws its motivation from Earth, but some of it also has implications for the climate of other planets. A key pillar of my research is the coupling of clouds with the atmospheric circulation and the role of this coupling for weather, climate and climate change. I study both extratropical jet streams and storm tracks as well as tropical circulations and rain belts. I employ hierarchies and ensembles of models, with a particular focus on the next generation of climate models with kilometer-scale resolution. I am also strongly interested in big-data geoscience, visualization and novel ways of information characterization.

Curriculum vitae


  • since 2021: University of Vienna, Department of Meteorology and Geophysics, Austria;
    Univ.-Prof. for Climate Science
  • 2016-2020: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, Germany; BMBF Independent Junior Research Group Leader (own funding; 1.5M Euro)
  • 2016-2021: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, New York, USA; Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, co-lead of the TRACMIP project funded by NSF (700K US$)
  • 2013-2016: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, New York, USA; Postdoctoral Researcher and Associate Research Scientist
  • 2013: Laboratoire de Meteorologie Dynamique, Paris, France; Postdoctoral Researcher funded by own DFG Research Fellowship
  • 2010-2013: Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany; Postdoctoral Researcher


  • 2010: Dr. rer. nat., Geosciences, Universität Hamburg, Germany (sehr gut); Dissertation: Snowball Earth – Initiation and Hadley Cell Dynamics, Advisor: Jochem Marotzke
  • 2009: Visiting Student, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton, USA; Advisor: Isaac Held
  • 2007-2010: Doctoral Student, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany; Member of the International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling
  • 2007: Diploma in Physics, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany (1.0, with distinction); Thesis: SU(3) Yang-Mills Theory in Coulomb Gauge – A Lattice Investigation of Confinement, Advisor: Michael Müller-Preussker
  • 2005: Visiting Student, Institute for Advanced Simulation, Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Germany; HPC Project: Arnoldi-Verfahren für Staggered Fermionen in der Gitter-Quantenchromodynamik
  • 2003-2004: Erasmus Student, Universite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France; focus on theoretical physics and mathematics
  • 2000-2007: Diploma studies in Physics, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany; specialization in theoretical, computational and mathematical physics

Advised students and postdocs

Postdocs: Blaz Gasparini (Uni Wien, since 2021), Anubhav Choudhary (KIT, 2018-2022), Sylvia Sullivan (KIT, 2018-2020), Nicole Albern (KIT, 2020-2021), Sophia Schäfer (2016-2017)

PhD students: Johannes Hörner (Uni Wien, since 2021), Dorian Spät (Uni Wien, since 2021), Behrooz Keshtgar (KIT, since 2020), Richard Maier (LMU, since 2019), Mihail Maneev (LMU, since 2019), Elzina Bala (KIT, since 2018), Christoph Braun (KIT, 2018-2022), Nicole Albern (KIT, 2017-2020), Georgios Papavasileiou (KIT, 2017-2020)

MSc students: Kerstin Haslehner (Uni Wien, since 2022), Manuel Huber (Uni Wien, 2021-2022), Klara Butz (Uni Wien, 2021-2022), Johannes Hörner (KIT, 2019-2020), Freia Then (KIT, 2019-2020), Felix Kytzia (KIT, 2018-2019), Christoph Braun (KIT, 2018), Miriam Ferrer-Gonzalez (Uni Hamburg, 2012-2013), Dagmar Popke (MPI-M and Uni Hamburg, 2011-2012), Katharina Meraner (MPI-M and Uni Hamburg, 2011-2012)

BSc students: Stefanie North (TU Wien, 2022), David Schuhbauer (Uni Wien, 2022), Natalie Auer (Uni Wien, 2022), Romana Springer (Uni Wien, 2022), Lucas Vargas Zeppetello (Columbia University in the City of New York, 2015)