In a study involving 275 atheist scientists from elite universities 72 said they had so called 'spiritual qualities' consistent with science.
Per the article:
"Ecklund and Long noted that the spiritual scientists saw boundaries between themselves and their nonspiritual colleagues because their spirituality facilitated engagement with the world around them. Such engagement, according to the spiritual scientists, generated a different approach to research and teaching: While nonspiritual colleagues might focus on their own research at the expense of student interaction, spiritual scientists' sense of spirituality provides nonnegotiable reasons for making sure that they help struggling students succeed."
The study was conducted by researchers from Rice university and is to be published in the June issue of the journal, Sociology of Religion.