The job satisfaction of academics and researchers has been investigated recently, but the influence of different levels of socialidentification (organizational, workgroup and professional identification) has never been examined. The aim of the present studyis to examine the relationship between different levels of social identification, work engagement and job satisfaction. Our studyinvolved researchers from a French public institute who responded to an online survey (N = 383). The results show that differentlevels of social identification are positively correlated with researchers’ job satisfaction, and that workgroup explains the mostvariance, followed by professional and finally organizational identification. This study is also the first to show the mediating roleof the dedication dimension of work engagement on the relationships between professional identification and job satisfaction.The implications of the findings for future studies in research institutes and universities are discussed
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