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James Cook University

Townsville or Cairns, Australia

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About JCU

Consistently voted in the top 250 of universities worldwide, JCU offers a culturally diverse working environment with opportunities for professional and personal growth as well as diverse career opportunities.  JCU prides itself on being dedicated to teaching, learning and research that is not only of high quality, but also delivers practical benefits to the peoples and industries of the region.

About Townsville

Bordered by the Coral Sea, the Wet Tropics and the Outback, the Townsville region has a vibrant natural landscape, rich Indigenous history, beautifully preserved Federation architecture, a smattering of islands just off its coast, and a vibrant, progressive dining scene. 

About Cairns

Experience the unparalleled natural beauty of Cairns, where spectacular reefs, ancient rainforests, rich culture, and an alfresco dining scene blend into one.  The region boasts mild winters, gorgeous beaches, stunning scenery, and is the gateway to the rest of the Tropical North Queensland region, fly directly to Cairns Airport (domestically or internationally) to discover one of Queensland’s most adventurous cities.

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Global Rankings

  • JCU is ranked in the top 2% of universities in the pre-eminent global rankings system, the Academic Ranking of World Universities
  • 201 - 250 Times Higher Education World University Rankings - Global Rankings
  • Top 30 of Modern Universities
  • Ranked No. 1 in the world for Marine & Freshwater Biology
  • Ranked No. 1 in global partnerships for sustainable development
  • Ranked No. 2 in the world for Biodiversity Conservation Research
  • JCU ranked above world standard for Neuroscience, Public Heath, Immunology and Veterinary Sciences (ERA, 2015)

World Class Research

  • In 2019, Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rated JCU as ‘world class or better’ in 38 fields of research. 8 research areas received the highest possible rating (“well above world standard”)*:
  1. Environmental science and management
  2. Ecology
  3. Geology
  4. Ecological applications
  5. Plant biology
  6. Medical microbiology
  7. Fisheries sciences
  8. Organic chemistry
  • $67 million research income focusing on a brighter future for life in the Tropics world-wide

Power of Place

  • State-of-the-art teaching and research facilities
    • The Science Place, a stunning teaching and research facility that was awarded a prestigious LEED Gold rating for its environmentally sustainable design
    • The Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine (AITHM)
    • JCU Dentistry teaching facilities and dental clinic
    • The Australian Tropical Science and Innovation Precinct
    • JCU Ideas Lab

Hands-on learning in some of the most interesting locations on Earth

26 JCU specialised research centres and institutes including:  

Economic Impact

  • 40.1% growth in regional economic impact since 2012
  • Build a network of global connections, with campuses across Cairns, Townsville, Singapore and Brisbane
  • $1.9 billion capital investment over the next 20 years
  • 5,450 full-time jobs (2021 total TBC by HR)
  • For the past six years, JCU has received 5 stars for job success (Good Universities Guide)


JCU – Ready today for tomorrow

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